Cardinals Arizona Fall Series: Bryan Anderson

An exclusive interview with top St. Louis Cardinals catching prospect Bryan Anderson from the Arizona Fall League.

St. Louis Cardinals catching prospect Bryan Anderson has played in 13 Arizona Fall League games. His slash line is .273/.365/.318 as he batted 12-for-44 with seven walks. The 22-year-old has no doubles or home runs, one triple, six RBIs, seven runs scored and 11 strikeouts.

Anderson's manager Andre David of the Surprise Rafters is seeing him for the first time in an extended stretch. Coming from the Kansas City Royals system, David offers a fresh perspective.

In response to my query about the potential difficulty in balancing playing time among three catchers, including Texas Rangers backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the manager had a good explanation.

"I try to get Anderson in there, but he had been sick," David explained. "He had a fever for a few days so his time has been limited the past week. I am going to get him back in there. He uses the whole field in his swing, doesn't try to do too much - stays within himself.

"As far as catching, he seems to have a good rapport with a lot of pitchers. And the ones he has never caught before seem to really enjoy what he does and how he calls the game," the manager said.

Exclusive for Cardinal Nation subscribers: In an audio interview, Anderson discusses his injury status, his up and down 2009 season, his AFL to-date and more.


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