Final 2003 Scouting Report: RP, Jason Anderson

Originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 1997, the right-hander opted to attend the University of Illinois where he finished 29-5 in his college career. In 2000, the Yankees took him in the tenth round before shipping him off three years later to the Mets in exchange for closer Armando Benitez. Anderson's durability has always been questioned, but scouts feel he possesses several above-average major league pitches.

After being acquired by Mets general manager Jim Duquette in July, the organization decided to send Jason to Triple-A Norfolk where he was asked to convert from a reliever back to a starter, which is the way he began his professional career.

The twenty-four-year-old has four pitches, with his fastball and changeup being his most comfortable. Anderson's fastball sits around 89-92 MPH as a starter, but that tends to increase when inserted into the bullpen, where he has been clocked as high as 98 MPH.

In all likelihood, had the Mets not signed Braden Looper, Jason would have been looked upon as a potential ninth inning candidate. Right now, it is uncertain how the Mets will view his role, whether that be as a starter or coming out of the pen.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2003

Mets

0-0

10.2

10

5

7

5.06

2003

Norfolk

1-3

23.1

18

7

9

2.70

2003

Yankees

1-0

20.2

23

14

9

4.79

2003

Columbus

0-0

7.2

3

2

13

0.00

2002

Columbus

5-1

34

26

11

28

3.15

2002

Norwich

1-1

19

14

5

21

0.93

2002

Tampa

4-2

24

27

3

22

4.07

2001

Staten Island

5-1

48

32

12

56

1.70

2001

Greensboro

7-9

124

127

40

101

3.76

2000

Staten Island

6-5

80

84

25

73

4.03


*Stats as of 9/7/03.

Repertoire. Fastball (FB), changeup (CU), slider (SL), and cutter (CUT).

Fastball. Based upon how he is used, Anderson's FB ranges between 89-92 mph, but has been clocked as high as 98 mph coming out of the pen.

Other Pitches. He currently uses his changeup as his out pitch and effectively throws it in the strike zone. The slider has slowly developed into a solid pitch, but the cutter still needs improvement.

Pitching. Through out his career, many scouts have questioned his durability, which is why the Yankees decided to shift him into the bullpen. It seems likely he will return there. His location is very good, managing to throw consistent strikes, and is an extremely studious pitcher.

Projection. Anderson projects to be a very versatile RP - middle RP, long RP and also set up. He also will be able to spot start.

ETA. 2004, most likely as a middle reliever.

Relievers Team
Tyler Yates AAA - Norfolk Tides
Orber Moreno AAA - Norfolk Tides
Dan Wheeler AAA - Norfolk Tides
Heath Bell AAA - Norfolk Tides
Jason Scobie AAA - Norfolk Tides
Mike Cox AA - Binghamton Mets
Paul-Jon Bevis AA - Binghamton Mets
Jason Saenz AA - Binghamton Mets
Nick Mattioni AA - Binghamton Mets
Tim Lavigne AA - Binghamton Mets
Steve Bennett A - St. Lucie Mets
Blake McGinley A - St. Lucie Mets
Rafael Lopez A - St. Lucie Mets
David Byard A - St. Lucie Mets
Bryan King A - Capital City Bombers
Carlos Muniz A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Celso Rondon R - Kingsport Mets


COMMENTS


The Mets possess good depth at RP. Most teams normally convert SP into RP at some stage in the development process. The Mets have 3 closer prospects that were recovering from surgery in 2003: Tyler Yates, Orber Moreno and Franklin Nunez. The Mets added closer prospects in Royce Ring and Kole Strayhorn in deals respectively with the White Sox and Dodgers. The Mets also added Josele Diaz and Anderson Garcia in trades with the Dodgers and Yankees. The Mets are currently using them as SP, but neither yet have the repertoire to start. Thus, the eventually might be added to the closer mix.

The Mets have decent depth in LHP RP prospects: Mike Cox; Jason Saenz; and Blake McGinley. Further, Yunior Cabrera, Brian Walker and Ross Peeples could easily be lefties added to the bullpen. There is also some depth in pitchers who might serve a variety of roles in the bullpen such as Heath Bell, Jason Scobie, Tim LaVigne, PJ Bevis, Rafael Lopez, Celso Rondon, Carlos Muniz, and Bryan King. Certain SP such as Jake Joseph and Joey Cole should find their way into the bullpen.

1. Tyler Yates who reached 100 mph in Spring Training is recovering from TJ surgery. The Mets have been using him as a starter. I still expect him to return to the bullpen. His FB possesses good movement and his SL sharp break. He'd be the top closer prospect.

2. Orber Moreno, once the KC Royals closer of the future, is recovering from both shoulder and elbow surgeries that have derailed him since 2000. He features a mid-90s FB with great movement, SL and CU. He struggled in his September callup.

3. Franklin Nunez features a high 90s FB with a SL, Splf. FB, and CU.

4. While Cox may have better stuff, McGinley is the surest of the lefty prospects to pitch in MLB. He features a mid-to-high 80s FB with excellent movement, a sharp break curve and effective CU. He's added a SL. His repertoire is extensive enough to be considered for an opportunity to start.

5. Mike Cox has been plagued by control issues, he has great stuff a low-90s FB with excellent movement and a sharp breaking CB.

6. Royce Ring throws a low 90s FB with nasty movement, a sharp breaking pitch and a decent CU.

7. Kole Strayhorn features a mid-90s FB that tops out at 97-98 mph.

8. P J Bevis should be an effective in either as a middle RP or in a setup role.

9. Tim LaVigne who features a big breaking CB is another candidate for middle RP or setup.

10. Jason Scobie looks at best candidate like a middle RP/long RP/spot SP. He features a quality CB and SL. He also has a 2-seam FB with solid sink and a CU with good drop.

11. Rafael Lopez is another RP who could fill the middle RP/long RP/ spot SP role.

12. Jake Joseph might make an excellent setup with his excellent 2-seam FB, slurvy SL and CU. Combo.

13. Heath Bell's FB sits at 92-95 mph. He also complements with a decent SL and spl. FB.

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