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Reading Fightin Phils pitcher Drew Anderson put up big numbers in his last two starts, gaining Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors.

After a slow start to the season, right-hander Drew Anderson picked up the pace considerably over the past week. The 23-year old threw 14 innings, allowing just two earned runs and notching 17 strikeouts.

Pitcher Drew Anderson went 6 2/3 innings Sunday before allowing a hit against Portland, and wound up allowing just one run in seven innings of work. It was the second time in two starts that he went seven innings, allowing just one run, giving him good enough numbers to win the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week award for the week of May 8-14.

Anderson, who missed all of the 2015 season and didn't start to pitch until May 20th last season after Tommy John surgery, came into the week with a 6.97 ERA through five starts. As Reading returned home, Anderson seemed to switch himself on and gave Reading 14 innings, allowing four hits, two runs, no walks and 17 strikeouts over his two home starts this past week. The result was a 1.29 ERA for the week, which lowered his season mark to 4.67 after seven starts.

Related: Insider Members can get a full scouting report on Drew Anderson.

Over his last three starts, Anderson has now gone 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA for Reading.

In Sunday's gem against Portland, Anderson retired 19 of the first 20 batters and had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning. The only hit he allowed was a seventh inning home run to Portland's Rafael Devers.

Anderson led all Eastern League pitchers in strikeouts (17) last week and tied for the league lead in innings (14). He also was among the weekly leaders in WHIP (finishing second at 0.29), and finished fourth in batting average against (.087).

The Phillies drafted Anderson in the 21st round of the 2012 Draft.

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