Brian Anderson continues to show Miami Marlins’ fans and the Arizona Fall League why he is one of the organization’s top prospects.
Anderson raised his batting average to .393 on the season. Anderson, who was selected by the Marlins in the third round of the 2014 Draft after a standout career at the University of Arkansas, hit a solo home run to dead center field to lead off his team's four-run second inning that effectively put the game away.
"I got to two strikes, and he'd gotten me out in front on a couple of off-speed pitches," Anderson said via MLB.com. "He tried to go inside with a fastball and just kind of left it middle. Really, I was just trying to put something in play hard on a line, and he made a mistake and I was able to put a good swing on it."
While with the Jacksonville Suns for the majority of the 2016 season, Anderson played third base, but his versatility makes him that much more valuable to the Marlins organization. While in college, he played various positions in the infield. He has spent time at second base and on Wednesday, he played first base in the victory.
He hit 11 homers in his first taste of pro ball in 2014, then struggled at Class A Advanced Jupiter the following year. Anderson rebounded in 2016, however, parlaying a strong start at Jupiter into a May promotion to Double-A Jacksonville and now his solid AFL start.
"Last year I got thrown into the fire a little bit," Anderson said. "This year, they told me early that they were going to send me out here and get some more ABs, kind of work on fielding different positions and stuff, so I think I'm a little bit more mentally prepared and a little more confident in my abilities this year.”