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Top 5 San Francisco Giants Prospects to Watch in 2019

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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 15: Shaun Anderson #32 of the San Francisco Giants and the U.S. Team works the seventh inning against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Shaun Anderson, Right-Handed Pitcher

Shaun Anderson was acquired in a trade with the Boston Red Sox, where the Giants acquired him and another minor league stud, for Eduardo Nuñez. Anderson went 8-7 with a 3.69 ERA in 141.1 innings between AA and AAA during his 2018 campaign.

Anderson pitched 94 innings in AA with a 3.45 ERA but struggled a bit in AAA throwing 47.1 innings with a 4.18 ERA. Anderson is a four-pitch pitcher, he has a fastball, changes up, slider, and curveball. His fastball is low to mid-90s with some downward sink. His change up is in the mid-80s, and he locates it very well. His slider in the upper 80s with an 11 to 5 break. And finally, his curveball has some 12 to 6 action. While he’s still working on that pitch, he does locate it very well. Anderson improved his change-up over the season last year, the Giants are hoping he can improve his curveball this year.

For Anderson, location of his pitches will be key. He will not blow you away but if he can locate, he will be a successful pitcher. Anderson will probably never be a number one starter, but will be a solid 3-5 and will add pitching depth. Anderson will very likely start the season in Triple-A, with potential to be called up during the season if needed. Anderson should be able to help the Giants in the back end of the starting rotation or maybe even long relief if needed.

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