Cardinals Prospect Interview: Bryan Anderson

The Memphis Redbirds catcher discusses his past and future in an exclusive audio interview.

It has been a long haul for Bryan Anderson. Still just 23, the Memphis Redbirds' catcher has been a top prospect ever since having been drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 draft out of a California high school.

After a subpar and injury-riddled 2009 that limited him to 53 games with the Redbirds and a so-so stint in the Arizona Fall League, Anderson's play was causing some to wonder if his time had passed.

The left-handed hitter has been more consistent with the bat this season to the point the Cardinals organization named him their Player of the Month for June. Still, he has not proven he should be a full-time player as he is batting just .186 against left-handed pitchers vs. .290 against right-handed hurlers this season.

Interestingly, Anderson, known as the more offense-oriented of the Redbirds catchers, has better defensive stats this season than Matt Pagnozzi, despite having caught more innings.

2010 Innings CS/Attempts PB Errors
Anderson 495 2/3 14/42 (33%) 2 3
Pagnozzi 344 1/3 11/37 (30%) 8 5

We caught up with Anderson this past weekend and discussed his past injuries, his time in the Pacific Coast League, his MLB introduction earlier this season and what he hopes may be ahead.

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Special thanks to Steve Holley, publisher and editor of the Chicago Cubs Scout.com site, InsidetheIvy.com, for conducting this interview on our behalf.



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Memphis first baseman Mark Hamilton
Cardinals farm director Jeff Luhnow
Memphis hitting coach Mark Budaska
Now St. Louis reliever Fernando Salas
Cardinals Pitcher of the Month Brandon Dickson
Batavia manager Dann Bilardello
Batavia outfielder Nick Longmire



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