A few hours after the news of the Kelvin Gutierrez trade, Mike Elias added another player to the Orioles organization. This time, it was right-handed pitcher Shaun Anderson, and he was claimed off waivers, after being designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers.
Anderson was drafted back in the 40th round of the 2013 draft right out of high school by the Washington Nationals. He never debuted there; however, his debut came in 2019 while playing for the San Francisco Giants. He spent 2019 and the Covid-shortened 2020 season in the Bay Area, before seeing action in four games this year with the Minnesota Twins.
When you watch Shaun Anderson pitch and look at his numbers, it’s clear as to why he was let go. Although still young at only 26, Anderson has struggled in his three seasons in the big leagues.
After being called up to the Giants in May of 2019, Anderson appeared in 28 games and started 16 of them. He finished his rookie season with a 5.44 ERA and got hit pretty hard and often, as he gave up 111 hits in just 96 innings.
2020 was a little promising for Anderson, who finished with a 3.52 ERA; granted, he only pitched in 15.1 innings. So far in 2021, a whopping 9.35 ERA is the result of his 8.2 innings. A 2.077 WHIP and a 5.2 walks per nine are not too desirable. However, he is a new arm that will attempt to eat innings on a pitching staff that needs it.
Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk, and he will start his Oriole career there. But we will see him eating some innings in black and orange shortly.
To make room on the 40-man roster, Konnor Wade has been designated for assignment.
Also, Stevie Wilkerson has cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to Norfolk. Wilkerson was a non-factor in his time with the big league club this season, slashing just .167/.211/.208 in 30 games.
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