Diamondbacks Player Spotlight: P Chase Anderson


In Chase Anderson‘s latest start, against the San Francisco Giants, he carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning before surrendering a single to Buster Posey. It would be the only base hit Anderson would allow over his seven shutout innings against the defending World Series champions.

Carrying a no-hitter into the 7th inning is impressive, but not as impressive as Anderson’s latest stretch of pitching greatness. Over Anderson’s past eight starts he has allowed two runs or fewer in seven games, dropping his ERA from 3.38 to 2.82.

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With Opening Day starter Josh Collmenter relegated to the bullpen, in favor of Allen Webster, Anderson will have to help carry the load of the starting rotation.

Anderson has slowly, but surely, become the Arizona Diamondbacks’ ace that they have been searching for over the past couple seasons. His 2.82 ERA ranks 9th in the National League and his 1.9 WAR ranks 10th in the National League among pitchers.

Anderson was the 276th overall pick (9th round) by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2009 MLB Draft. He was called up to the Major Leagues last year and made 21 starts for the Diamondbacks. In those 21 starts Anderson posted a 4.01 ERA with a 9-7 record and a 8.3 K/9.

The Arizona starting rotation currently ranks 25th in the Major Leagues in ERA (4.54) and could have very well be ranked much lower than that if Anderson wasn’t showing true brilliance on the bump.

Anderson will soon be joined by Patrick Corbin in the rotation and the secondary help could prove huge if the 30-32 Arizona Diamondbacks want to make a run at the National League West crown or a National League Wild Card spot.

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