The Pirates have signed right-hander Tanner Anderson to a minor league deal, according to an announcement from their Triple-A affiliate in Indianapolis. The 28-year-old was recently released by the Athletics.
Anderson will be returning to his original organization, as his professional career began when Pittsburgh selected him out of Harvard in the 20th round of the 2015 draft. He performed well and moved quickly through the minor leagues, reaching the majors in July 2018. Anderson made six relief appearances for the Bucs that season, allowing ten runs over 11 1/3 innings. Pittsburgh traded Anderson to Oakland over the 2018-19 offseason. He made five starts for the A’s in 2019, tossing 22 1/3 frames of 6.04 ERA/4.68 SIERA ball. The A’s passed Anderson through outright waivers after that season.
He’d spent 2021 with the A’s Triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas, where he moved back to relief. Anderson tossed fifteen innings over twelve appearances, allowing only six runs but walking twelve while striking out just three hitters. He’s yet to find much success at the big league level, but Anderson has a history of throwing strikes and racking up tons of grounders in the minors.