The Giants have claimed left-hander Tyler Anderson off waivers from the Rockies, per an announcement from the Colorado organization. It’s a disappointing end to the tenure of the former first-round draft pick.
Anderson landed with the Rox in 2011 as the 20th overall pick. He debuted in strong fashion in 2016, working to a 3.54 ERA over 19 starts. While Anderson’s earned run results stepped back in the ensuing two campaigns, he turned in 262 reasonably productive innings. Anderson carried 8.4 K/9 against 2.9 BB/9 from 2017 through 2018, with xFIP (3.95, 4.21) and SIERA (4.14, 4.22) grading him as a strong back-of-the-rotation arm.
As with large swaths of the rest of the Rockies roster, Anderson seemed to hit a wall in 2019. He was tagged for eight home runs and 27 earned runs in just 20 2/3 innings over five outings to open the year. Anderson ended up requiring knee surgery in May and did not return to action thereafter.
The NL West-rival Giants are plenty familiar with Anderson; president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi saw him up close both with San Francisco and previously with the Dodgers. No doubt he’s intrigued by the lefty’s decent swing-and-miss ability (he managed about a 12% swinging-strike rate at his best).
The Giants have had success at tweaking the offerings and approaches of other hurlers; perhaps they have ideas in mind for Anderson to try out. First, he’ll need to show he’s at full health, but it’s not hard to imagine Anderson competing in camp for a bullpen or even rotation job with the Giants.