Ian Anderson had been set to make his MLB debut Tuesday night, as the former Shenendehowa High School star was called up from the Atlanta Braves’ alternate site camp and pegged as Tuesday;s starter for the Braves.
Weather, however, got in the way. Tuesday night’s game was postponed until Wednesday, with Anderson’s start now moved to Game 1 of Wednesday’s scheduled double header, set to start at 4:10 p.m., the Braves wrote on Twitter.
The Braves made the initial long-awaited start official via a tweet earlier Tuesday, announcing Anderson had been called up, then that he would start.
“Anderson will wear No. 48 and is scheduled to start tonight’s game,” the Braves Tweeted.
Three-time all-star Gerrit Cole had been set to start Tuesday for the Yankees. First pitch had been scheduled for 7:10 p.m.
The 22-year-old Anderson was selected third overall by the Braves in the 2016 MLB Draft, days before helping Shenendehowa capture the 2016 Class AA state championship. He signed with the Braves later that month and made 10 appearances at the Rookie level that summer.
A 6-foot-3 righthander, Anderson spent the entire 2017 season at Single-A Rome, then split 2018 between Advanced-A and Double-A. He spent most of 2019 with the Double-A Mississippi Braves before being called up to the Triple-A Gwinnett Stripers for the final month of the season.
In 26 combined starts in 2019, Anderson posted an 8-7 record with a 3.38 earned run average while striking out 172 batters in 135 2-3 innings. He was dominant at Double-A Mississippi, going 7-5 with a 2.68 ERA with 147 strikeouts in 111 innings while limiting opposing hitters to a .202 batting average. At the time of his call-up to Gwinnett, Anderson led the Southern League in strikeouts.
Anderson was named a Southern League all-star in 2019 and started for the National League team in the Futures Game during MLB’s All-Star weekend. He was named the Braves’ 2019 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
In his four minor league seasons, Anderson owns a 17-21 record and a 2.91 ERA while racking up 451 strikeouts in 377 2-3 innings.
Anderson is ranked as the No. 42 overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com and is rated as the No. 3 overall prospect — and top pitching prospect — in Atlanta’s farm system. His pitching arsenal features a mid-90s fastball, a plus curveball and a developing changeup.
Anderson’s twin brother, Ben, is a pitcher in the Texas Rangers’ minor league system.