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Brian N. Anderson | Relief Pitcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/11/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Rockies signed RHP Brian Anderson to a minor league contract.
Anderson, a converted outfielder, was in camp with the Dodgers this spring. The 30-year-old had a 1.17 ERA and 9/1 K/BB ratio over 7 2/3 innings with the Yankees' Double-A affiliate last year before getting hurt in May and eventually given his release. Wed, Apr 11, 2012 10:27:00 AM

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Yankees released RHP Brian Anderson.

Anderson, a converted outfielder, signed a minor league contract with the Yankees over the winter. He had a 1.17 ERA and 9/1 K/BB ratio over his first 7 2/3 innings with Double-A Trenton prior to going on the disabled list in early May. He's still only 29 years old, so it will be interesting to see what he does next.
Fri, May 27, 2011 05:23:00 PM

Converted outfielder Brian Anderson gave up three runs and five hits in two-thirds of an inning Sunday against the Astros.

It looks like Anderson will be one of the Yankees' early cuts. He figures to be a part of the Double-A Trenton pen at the start of the season.
Sun, Mar 6, 2011 04:15:00 PM

Yankees signed RHP Brian Anderson to a minor league deal.

Anderson made the switch from outfielder to pitcher this past season and fared well in the conversion in his 17 2/3 innings, posting a 2.08 ERA and 0.87 WHIP with a 17/5 K/BB ratio over three different levels in the minors. He'll be 29 in March, so expect the Yankees to push him to see if he can make an immediate impact.
Sat, Nov 27, 2010 01:32:00 PM

Brian Anderson has elected to become a free agent.

Anderson, 28, opted for free agency after refusing an outright assignment to Triple-A Omaha. He converted to a pitcher this season after failing to make the Opening Day roster and posted a 2.08 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 17 1/3 innings between three different levels in the minors. He was reportedly reaching the low-to-mid 90s on the radar gun, so somebody will take a chance on his arm.
Wed, Nov 17, 2010 03:03:00 PM

Royals designated RHP Brian Anderson for assignment.

Anderson converted himself from a pitcher to a fairly successful reliever last season, posting a 2.08 ERA and 0.87 WHIP in 17 1/3 innings between three different levels of the Royals' minor league system. He's only 28 years of age and could draw interest from other clubs.
Wed, Nov 10, 2010 04:49:00 PM

Brian Anderson's conversion from outfielder to pitcher has gone well thus far.

The right-hander boasts a 1.46 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 11/4 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings between Rookie ball, Low-A and Triple-A. He threw two scoreless innings in his first appearance at Triple-A Thursday. "He’s definitely throwing major-league stuff," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He’s got his fastball up to 97 mph. His comfort zone is at 95. He’s throwing a 50 slider (on a scale of 20 to 80), which is a major-league average slider. His command is at 45, which is just a tick below." GM Dayton Moore said he didn't know if Anderson would be under consideration for a September callup or not.
Sat, Aug 21, 2010 11:01:00 AM

Brian Anderson has run into arm soreness in his ongoing conversion from an outfielder to a right-handed reliever.

"It’s what you expect from a guy that hasn’t pitched (professionally)," director of minor league operations Scott Sharp said Monday. "He’s using muscles he hasn’t used on a regular basis." Anderson had thrown four scoreless innings for the Royals' affiliate in the rookie-level Arizona League before feeling the routine discomfort. He should be good in about a week.
Mon, Jul 19, 2010 09:25:00 AM

Brian Anderson threw a scoreless inning Sunday in his minor league pitching debut for the Arizona League Royals.

The AZL is a pretty low level of competition, but Anderson did well enough. He allowed only one hit, struck out two, and will continue to work toward becoming a reliable middle reliever. Anderson, 28, made the decision to move from the outfield to the pitching rubber at the end of spring training.
Mon, Jul 5, 2010 11:46:00 AM

Royals optioned OF/RHP Brian Anderson to Single-A Idaho Falls.

Anderson informed the Royals earlier this week that he wants to try his hand at pitching, and will start the journey way down in rookie ball. The 28-year-old right-hander was a reliever in college.
Fri, Apr 2, 2010 02:26:00 PM

Brian Anderson informed the Royals that he wants to become a pitcher.

Anderson came to the decision after failing to make the Opening Day roster. The 28-year-old has only played the outfield professionally. According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals will likely give Anderson a chance to pitch at the lower levels of the minor league system.
Thu, Apr 1, 2010 05:53:00 PM

Brian Anderson hit for the cycle in four innings and went 5-for-5 with seven RBI before being lifted from the Royals’ 24-9 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Incredible. Anderson doubled and tripled off Billy Buckner, singled off Chad Qualls and then hit a two-run homer off Clay Zavada, all before the fourth inning was over. He added another single in his fifth at-bat and then was removed for a pinch-runner before he could do any additional damage. The huge game made him 11-for-27 with six extra-base hits this spring. He was turning into the underdog in a battle with Mitch Maier for a bench spot, but he is the better player of the two.
Fri, Mar 19, 2010 07:41:00 PM

Royals signed OF Brian Anderson to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

Anderson, who turns 28 in March, hit .243/.328/.347 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 202 at-bats between the White Sox and Red Sox in '09. He's expected to at least share the Royals' starting center field job with Mitch Maier next season but neither carry much fantasy value at all.
Wed, Dec 23, 2009 08:51:00 AM

According to Scott Merkin of, the Royals have signed outfielder Brian Anderson to a one-year major league contract.

It was rumored that he would receive a minor league contract, but apparently Anderson managed to haggle a major league deal out of Dayton Moore. Anderson, who turns 28 in March, hit .243/.328/.347 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 202 at-bats between the White Sox and Red Sox in '09.
Tue, Dec 22, 2009 04:07:00 PM

According to's Ken Rosenthal, the Royals are interested in free agent outfielder Brian Anderson.

Kansas City would offer a minor league contract. Anderson went 5-for-17 with two homers in limited action with the Red Sox in 2009 after being picked up from the White Sox, where he hit .238/.322/.319 with two homers and 13 RBI in 185 at-bats. The Royals could do worse for a backup outfielder.
Mon, Dec 21, 2009 05:01:00 PM

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