Shenendehowa graduate Ian Anderson made an impressive MLB pitching debut Wednesday in the Atlanta Braves’ 5-1 win over the New York Yankees at Truist Park in Atlanta.
“In the past, when I’ve jumped levels, I’ve kind of struggled in that first game,” Anderson said. “I was trying to make an emphasis to have that not be the case this time, and I think that mindset kind of helped me out.”
The No. 3 pick in the MLB amateur draft in 2016, Anderson bypassed an opportunity to play at Vanderbilt University to enter the Braves’ minor-league system. In Wednesday’s win, he had six strikeouts in six innings.
Here are 10 numbers to know related to Anderson’s debut.
That was the last year a rookie pitcher made his debut against the Yankees. That pitcher was Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell, who tossed five innings, struck out six, walked one and allowed a run and two hits. The Yankees won that game 3-2.
Also in 2016: Anderson led Shenendehowa to a Class AA state championship.
MPH of Anderson’s first pitch against the Yankees, a strike delivered against Mike Tauchman.
Pitches Anderson threw. Of those pitches, 53 were for strikes.
Anderson’s age. When he threw Wednesday’s first pitch, he became the 19,827th player in MLB history to make his debut.
Batters that failed to reach base in his MLB debut, until Anderson walked the Yankees, No. 9 hitter, Tyler Wade, on five pitches. He got out of the inning when Mike Tauchman grounded out.
Teams Anderson has played for during his professional baseball career since being drafted in 2016. On his way to playing for the Atlanta Braves, Anderson made stops with the Gulf Coast League Braves (Rookie); Danville Braves (Rookie); Rome Braves (A), Florida Fire Frogs (High-A); Mississippi Braves (AA); Gwinnett Stripers (AAA).
Years since Anderson was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 2016 draft, selected No. 3 overall — and since he finalized his deal for $4 million.
Variety of pitches Anderson used in his debut: fastball, curveball and changeup.
YES Network analyst John Flaherty gave the rookie credit for his pitch selection.
“The kid who grew up about 170 miles from New York has flustered the Yankees with his three-pitch mix — fastball, curveball, changeup,” Flaherty said. “From the beginning, his body language on the mound was, ‘I’m coming after you, I’m going to attack you,’ and that’s what he’s done.”
Hits Anderson gave up, a solo shot by Yankee first baseman Luke Voit in the sixth inning.
Number of family members — and fans, in general — in the stands from the Capital Region in attendance at Truist Park to view Anderson’s debut due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“I know my parents and brothers would have loved to be here and that was a little bittersweet in that aspect, but I know that they were rooting me on,” Anderson said. “As much as I wish they could have been here, it was still more than I could have asked for.”
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