(Future grades on 20-80 scouting scale)
The past few Drafts have seen at least one high-ceiling high school pitcher in the Northeast garner a lot of attention. In 2014, Scott Blewett went in the second round. Last year, Mike Nikorak snuck into the back of the first round. This year, it looks like it will be Anderson's turn, though an oblique injury sidelined the right-hander for a spell, making it a little tougher for decision-makers to go see him in what is an already brief Northeast spring season.
The upstate New York native opened a lot of eyes over the summer and with Team USA's 18U squad and came out of the gates well this spring before the oblique issue. Tall and projectable with the ability to add strength, Anderson throws his fastball in the 91-95 mph range with good downhill angle. His breaking ball can be plus at times, getting swings and misses. It has slurve action at this point, but could tighten up and become a true slider in time. Anderson has good feel for an average changeup as well. He's generally around the strike zone and attacks hitters.
Teams might have to contend with Anderson's commitment to Vanderbilt, but when healthy, he was being mentioned as a top half of the first round candidate.
Fun fact: Ian's twin brother, Ben, is his battery-mate at Shenendehowa as well as one of the club's top starting pitchers. He is committed to pitch for Binghamton next year.
He said it: "Pitching for Team USA in Japan against Korea was one of the biggest games I've been a part of, and I think that it definitely prepared me for this year and games like tonight," said Anderson after pitching Shenendehowa to a Class 2AA sectional title on May 26.
They said it: "What [the Anderson brothers] do on the field is just a byproduct of everything else they do. They like holding themselves and their teammates accountable. That's leadership. They're willing to say things at times that it's better that they say it because it comes from within the player rather than a coach having to say it, and when they speak people listen."
-- Shenendehowa head coach Greg Christodulu in an interview with The Saratogian in late May.
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