Chris Anderson is a right-hander out of Jacksonville University with a mid-90s fastball and a slider that is considered a plus pitch by many. He is the consensus pick for the Cardinals at No. 19 and he has even drawn comparisons to Cardinal prospect Michael Wacha. After the premium college arms, there are not many other college pitchers that are thought to have the upper-rotation potential that Anderson does, but some struggles and a heavy workload this season have him on the borderline for the first-round.
|Pos||High School / College||Consensus Rank|
|RHP||Jacksonville U. (soph)||1st round|
|B/T||Birthdate (age)||Height / Weight|
|R/R||July 29, 1992 (20)||6'4" / 225|
What they're saying
Keith Law, ESPN: "Anderson has the size, roughly the fastball velocity and the potential out pitch in that slider to profile as a No. 2 starter."
John Sickels, Minor League Ball: "Strongly built at 6-4, 225, Anderson showed sharpened command this spring of a plus fastball/plus slider combination. His change-up has also improved, and he profiles as an inning-chewing mid-rotation starter."
Jonathan Mayo, MLB.com: "Anderson was a hot commodity early, but recent struggles have led to a fade. He could be this year's Michael Wacha, who was in early 1-1 conversations last year but fell to St. Louis at No. 19."