The Milwaukee Brewers signed left handed pitcher, Brett Anderson, to a one-year deal Friday afternoon. The Brewers were in the market for a left handed starting pitcher, often being linked to J.A. Happ, but it looks like they found their guy.
Last season, Brett Anderson was a staple in the Oakland Athletics starting rotation. He started 31 games and had a 3.69 ERA in 176.0 innings. He also had a 2.7 WAR which was actually the best mark of his 11 year career. His best stretch of last season came from May 20th through June 18th when he started 6 games and had an ERA of 2.70. The big question mark surrounding Anderson was his health considering he has had three major surgeries in the past, but his success last season seemed to put that worry to rest.
Anderson’s greatest strength is the fact that he can throw five pitches effectively. He throws a low 90s sinker that generates a lot of ground balls as well as low 80s sliders and changeups. He also throws a low 90s four-seam fastball and a knee buckling mid 70s knuckle curve.
After signing Brett Anderson it looks like the Brewers have their rotation set for the 2020 season. Brandon Woodruff, Brett Anderson, Adrian Houser, Josh Lindblom, and Eric Lauer isn’t the most devastating staff in the majors, but it’s a group of guys who can eat up innings and take the stress off a bullpen. Between the five of them, they will most likely average a 3.70-4.10 ERA but if things ever get rocky, the Crew still has Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes on the outside looking in.
By no means does Brett Anderson make the Brewers automatic World Series contenders, but he is a very solid pitcher who can be reliable inside of a starting rotation.