Numbers of note: Shenendehowa graduate Anderson finishes 1st MLB season with Braves

Ian Anderson, left, walks off the field following the third inning of Game 7 of the NLCS along with catcher Travis d'Arnaud. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Ian Anderson, left, walks off the field following the third inning of Game 7 of the NLCS along with catcher Travis d'Arnaud. (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

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Shenendehowa graduate Ian Anderson had a memorable rookie year in Major League Baseball.

The 22-year-old right-hander was a member of the Atlanta Braves team that captured its third-straight National League East title, and pitched in multiple postseason games including Game 7 of the NLCS. Combined between regular season and postseason, Anderson finished 5-2 in 2020 with 65 strikeouts in 51 innings — and only allowed nine earned runs.

From his first MLB year — and his path to it — here are 10 numbers to know. 

670

Innings Anderson pitched during his minor league career with the Braves’ organization since being drafted as the No. 3 overall pick in 2016.

176

Times Anderson threw his changeup against batters as a major leaguer, averaging 87.4 miles per hour; Anderson’s development of that pitch often became the talk of each broadcast when he started.

130

Starts Anderson made in the minor leagues for the Braves before being called up in August.

 

94.1

Miles per hour his four-seam fastball averaged this year.

24

Strikeouts Anderson recorded during the postseason in his four appearances against the Cincinnati Reds, Florida Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers.

18 2-3

Innings Anderson pitched in the 2020 postseason. Anderson only pitched 32 1-3 innings during the regular season.

6

In his first MLB start on Aug. 26, Anderson struck out that many Yankees in that many innings, while allowing one earned run in a victory. 

 

2

Games parents Bob and Karen were able to see Ian Anderson pitch in person this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Both games that family members saw in person were in in Arlington, Texas during the NLCS.

1

Times in postseason history that two rookies — Anderson and Dodgers pitcher Dustin May — took the mound in a winner-take-all playoff game, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

0.96

ERA for Anderson in the postseason. The right-handed pitcher didn’t allow a postseason run until his fourth appearance, which was Game 7 of the NLCS.

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