No. 3 prospect Anderson looks like he belongs

Third baseman smacks two hits in Futures Game

No. 3 prospect Anderson looks like he belongs

MIAMI -- Marlins third-base prospect Brian Anderson stood up to the heat on Sunday afternoon, smacking two fastballs for hits for the United States in its 7-4 win over the World team in the Sirius XM Futures Game at Marlins Park.

Ranked by MLBPipeline.com as Miami's No. 3 prospect, Anderson showed why the organization is confident he will develop into a big league regular.

"I thought he looked really good," said U.S. manager Charles Johnson, the former All-Star and World Series-winning catcher with the Marlins. "He really made some good, solid contact. I was really impressed with him. He's going to have a bright future here with the Marlins."

Anderson impressed the big league staff in Spring Training before being sent down to Double-A Jacksonville, where he's overcome a slow start and is now batting .254/.343/.454 with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs.

When referring to Anderson, a common phrase Marlins officials repeatedly say is, "He looks like he belongs."

"I think that's the ultimate compliment, to look like you belong," Anderson said. "In Spring Training, that was attributed to the veteran players taking me under their wing and making me feel like I was part of the big league team whenever I was there."

Mattingly on Anderson

Anderson batted seventh and opened the game as the designated hitter on Sunday. Later in the game, he moved to his natural position, third base.

It was his first time performing at Marlins Park, which has a retractable roof.

"This was awesome," Anderson said. "It's a great field. I've never played in a dome before. It was a great experience. I'm really lucky that I got to be here. I'm thankful to the Marlins for selecting me for it."

The Marlins were represented by two players in the Future's Game -- Anderson and right-hander Tayron Guerrero, ranked as the organization's 17th prospect. The lanky right-hander retired the two batters he faced in the seventh inning.

In the second inning, Anderson started a two-run rally with a leadoff double off the Padres' No. 2 prospect Cal Quantrill, whose father once pitched for the Marlins.

"Just looking for something elevated over the plate," Anderson said. "I got a fastball I could get the barrel on, and I could snap it down the line, and was able to get on base for our big bats to drive me in."

Anderson scored on a triple by the Orioles' No. 1 prospect Chance Sisco.

In the seventh inning, Anderson collected a single to left off of Seattle's No. 10 prospect Thyago Vieira's fastball.

Both hits came off heavy heat. Quantrill's fastball was 95.1 mph and Vieira's four-seamer was 99.5 mph.

Anderson has some history against Vieira, having previously faced him in the Arizona Fall League.

"The guy throws hard," Anderson said. "He was sinking in at 99-100 mph today. I had faced him in the fall. He's got good stuff. I tried to get something elevated to put the barrel on."

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.