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Prospects on Deck: RHP Ian Anderson – Braves

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The Atlanta Braves have the second best farm system according to MLB.com and it has shown this season as three players, Ozzie Albies, Johan Camargo in their second season, and Ronald Acuna Jr in his first are all from within the organization and are making a huge impact to a team that is 58-47 and just .5 game out of first place in the NL East.

Many knew that the Braves were building very successfully from within, but not many including myself thought that the improvement would be this quick.

The Braves have nine players in the Top 100 Prospects list, which is more than any team in baseball, and the strength, as it was in the mid 90’s, is pitching.

During the June MLB Amateur Draft, the Braves selected RHP Ian Anderson out of Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park, NY.

Anderson, who is ranked #3 on the Braves Prospect Watch list and #39 on MLB’s Top 100 Prospect list, has moved through the Braves system very quickly. The 6’3″ Rexford, NY native jumped from Rookie ball in 2016, to Class-A Full Season in 2017 with the Rome Braves. In 20 starts, Anderson was 4-5, with a 3.14 ERA and 101 strikeouts in 83 innings.

This season he was promoted to the Florida Fire Frogs of the Florida State League and in 19 starts so far, he is 2-5, with a 2.57 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 94.2 innings.

Actually over the last ten games, Anderson is 2-3, with a 1.71 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.

The Braves landed a gem when they drafted Anderson and in just a short amount of time he has moved through the system and soon enough will be a household name on the major league level as the Braves look to start a new dynasty.

David Conde
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