Ian Anderson (baseball)

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Ian Anderson
Atlanta Braves
Born: (1998-05-02) May 2, 1998 (age 21)
Rexford, New York
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Ian Theodore Anderson (born May 2, 1998) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization. As of May 2019 he is ranked as the #31 prospect in baseball according to MLB.com


Anderson played in the 2013 14U Babe Ruth World Series in Moses Lake, Washington with his team from Clifton Park, New York.[1] Anderson led their team to a 3rd-place finish and was named to the all-defensive team as a pitcher.[2]

Anderson attended Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, New York.[3] As a junior, he was 6–1 with a 0.66 earned run average (ERA) and 91 strikeouts.[4] In August 2015 he played in Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.[5] That same summer he played for the 18U National Team that won the World Cup.[6][7][8] In 2016, he helped lead his high school to a NYS Large School State Championship. He committed to play college baseball at Vanderbilt.

Anderson was considered one of the top prospects for the 2016 MLB draft. He was selected by the Atlanta Braves with the third overall pick and signed with the team for $4 million.[9][10]

Anderson made his professional debut with the GCL Braves and was promoted to the Danville Braves on August 6, 2016.[11] He finished the 2016 season with a combined 1–2 record and 2.04 ERA in ten starts between both teams. In 2017, he played with the Rome Braves where he went 4–5 with a 3.14 ERA in 20 starts.[12] He began 2018 with the Florida Fire Frogs[13] and was promoted to the Mississippi Braves on August 8.[14] In 24 starts between the two clubs, he was 4–7 with a 2.49 ERA.[15] Anderson returned to Mississippi to begin 2019.[16] Anderson was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game.[17]


His twin brother, Ben Anderson, also played baseball for Shenendehowa and was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 26th round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Ben has committed to play baseball for Binghamton University.[18][19] He eventually decided to attend Binghamton University instead of signing with the Blue Jays. He spent three seasons playing there before being drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 13th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball draft. His father, Bob, won multiple championships as a coach at Schalmont High School.


  1. ^ "Home – BABE RUTH WORLD SERIES". baberuthonline.com.
  2. ^ "Babe Ruth League". Babe Ruth League, Inc.
  3. ^ Kelly, Michael (April 30, 2016). "At last, Shen's Anderson makes climb to mound". The Schenectady Gazette.
  4. ^ Kelly, Michael (August 20, 2015). "Ian Anderson makes USA Baseball team".
  5. ^ "Shen's Ian Anderson dazzles in Perfect Game All-American Classic".
  6. ^ "Shen's Ian Anderson helps U.S. win gold at 2015 Baseball World Cup".
  7. ^ "Ian Anderson USA Baseball gold medal winner returns home".
  8. ^ "Shen's Anderson reflects on winning gold medal with Team USA baseball". September 10, 2015.
  9. ^ Bowman, Mark (June 9, 2016). "Braves tab prep right-hander Anderson at No. 3". MLB.com. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  10. ^ Bowman, Mark (June 25, 2016). "Braves agree with top Draft pick Anderson". MLB.com. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  11. ^ Kelly, Michael (August 5, 2018). "Anderson promoted to Class A ball". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  12. ^ "Ian Anderson Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  13. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (April 5, 2018). "Where Braves' Top 30 prospects are starting season". MLB.com. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  14. ^ Dykstra, Sam (August 8, 2018). "Braves' Anderson promoted to Double-A". MLB.com. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  15. ^ "Ian Anderson Stats, Highlights, Bio – MiLB.com Stats – The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  16. ^ http://www.wlbt.com/2019/04/02/mississippi-braves-announce-opening-day-roster/
  17. ^ Jim Callis (June 28, 2019). "Here are the 2019 Futures Game rosters". MLB.com. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  18. ^ "A mound of opportunity".
  19. ^ "Ian's twin Ben Anderson drafted by Blue Jays". The Daily Gazette.

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