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Braves’ Ian Anderson Continues Solid First Season

The Atlanta Braves drafted RHP Ian Anderson with the 3rd overall pick in the 2016 Draft. (Photo:Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves drafted RHP Ian Anderson with the 3rd overall pick in the 2016 Draft. (Photo:Getty Images)

Being a first round draft pick can bring a lot of pressure as a young player makes their way to the Majors.

Since being drafted by the Atlanta Braves with the third overall pick this past June in the 2016 MLB Draft, right-handed pitcher Ian Anderson seems to be cruising through his first few months of his pro career and is already on his second rookie league roster.

The eighteen-year-old New York Native reported to the Gulf Coast Braves shortly after signing with the organization. In five starts with the GCL Braves, Anderson went 1-0 in eighteen innings with no earned runs allowed while striking out eighteen batters. He allowed just fourteen hits and four walks in those five outings with just a 1.00 WHIP.

That stellar performance in the GCL for a young pitcher who had come right out of high school play led to his recent promotion to the higher level Rookie squad the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League.

In his first start with Danville on August 10th, Anderson went three and two-third innings allowing one run off of two hits; striking out two batters and walking two.

He is able to through his mid-90’s fastball and strong changeup in the strike zone to get an increase number of swings and misses.

Although Anderson’s scoreless streak has come to an end, this most recent outing has shown that his talent will just continue to grow as he makes his journey throughout the Minor Leagues.

Ian Anderson is currently ranked as the Braves’ fifth best prospect and 89th overall in all of baseball.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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