Waiver Wire Guidelines: Is The Giants’ Shaun Anderson Worth Adding?


As part of our Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide we said the following about the Giants’ Shaun Anderson, who is set to make his MLB debut tomorrow:

There are significant questions up and down the San Francisco rotation, and while Anderson isn’t currently on the 40-man roster that could prove to be nothing more than a formality.  Splitting time between Double and Triple-A (141.1 IP) he posted a 3.69 ERA behind an 8.09 K/9, 2.10 BB/9 and 46.2% groundball rate.  There’s more upside in his strikeout rate (11.4% SwStr%) and he’s consistently shown control and solid groundballs.  Playing half his games in San Francisco only helps, as he could make a Dereck Rodriguez type impact (and he should ultimately prove to be better).

His numbers haven’t been quite as good at Triple-A this season, with a 4.11 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over 35.0 IP.  At the same time the actual skills have remained strong:

  • Strikeouts – 9.51 K/9 (11.5%)
  • Control – 2.83 BB/9
  • Groundballs – 52.6%

The groundball rate is a spike above what he’s proven in the past, there’s been some bad luck (.323 BABIP, 66.2% strand rate) and he’s gotten strong marks for the mental side of the game.  Just look at this quote courtesy of Kerry Crowley of the East Bay Times (click here for the article):

“There’s nobody that outworks him,” first-year farm director Kyle Haines said during spring training. “His mental game is off the charts, and then when you combine it with his talent, four good pitches, he throws strikes, plus-demeanor and competitor on the mound, it is really easy to fall in love with him and get excited about him.”

According to Baseball America his repertoire is:

  • A fastball that sits between 92 and 94, but can get up to 96
  • A slider, that’s considering his best secondary offering
  • An “average” curveball and changeup

You put these skills in San Francisco and there would appear to be a lot to like.  While he’s hardly a can’t miss prospect, for those in deeper formats he’s worth gambling on to see if he can at least be a streaming option (if not more).

Fantasy Waiver Wire Guidelines:

  • 10 Team League – Monitor
  • 12 Team League – Addable (but not a must add)
  • 14+ Team League – Must add
  • AL-Only League – Must add
  • Keeper/Dynasty – Must add

Sources – Fangraphs, MILB.com, The East Bay Times


    • Long-term I’m going to prefer Pivetta, and with Eickhoff poor start it may not take much for Pivetta to return to the MAjors

  1. If Corbin Martin can stick in the HOU rotation, who has the higher upside ROS between he and Anderson? 12-team 5×5 roto.

    • MArtin is going to pitch for a better team so his value is likely higher. That said, outside of the W I like Anderson pitching at home in SF


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