Team USA Interviews: Catcher Bryan Anderson

Springfield Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson on his 2007 season, stint with Team USA and the future in the fourth of our series of 12 exclusive interviews from Arizona this fall.

Bryan Anderson, 20, is the St. Louis Cardinals' top catching prospect, their most promising since Yadier Molina was drafted back in 2000. Bryan was ranked number four on our Scout.com Cardinals prospect list prior to the 2007 season.

The left-handed hitter is also considered one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball, consistently hitting well against older competition. Anderson posted a .298/.348/.388 line (AVG/OBP/SLG) with Springfield this season, with the power and on-base rate down somewhat from 2006. In three seasons as a professional, his career line is a solid .305/.367/.421.

Overall, while Anderson's bat is considered above-average, his work behind the plate is deemed average at this point. Given his relative youth, there is still adequate time for his defensive game to fill out.

Drafted in 2005's fourth round at 18 years of age, Anderson skipped over class A-Advanced Palm Beach completely this season. Despite being one of the youngest players in the Texas League, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was both a Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star in 2007 and also played in the All-Star Futures Game in San Francisco.

Anderson is expected to compete for the starting job behind the plate with Triple-A Memphis in 2008. Along with outfielder Colby Rasmus and closer Chris Perez, Anderson was named to compete for Team USA this fall.

In this exclusive interview, granted the day before his team left for the IBAF Tournament in Taiwan, Anderson discusses his 2007 season, his stint with Team USA and what his future may hold.

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Come back here to Scout.com for eight more exclusive Cardinals interviews straight from the Arizona Fall League, including Mark Riggins, Jarrett Hoffpauir, Mitchell Boggs, Jason Motte, Mark Hamilton, Luke Gregerson, Stuart Pomeranz and Amaury Marti.

Earlier interviews:
Team USA coach Rick Eckstein
Closer Chris Perez
Outfielder Colby Rasmus



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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