Brian Anderson Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 215 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/19/1993 (30)
Brian Anderson Season Stats
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Brian Anderson News
The Milwaukee Brewers activated third baseman Brian Anderson (back) from the 10-day injured list on Thursday. In corresponding moves, right-hander Trevor Megill and infielder Abraham Toro were optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Anderson will return to Milwaukee after almost three weeks on the shelf with a back strain, but he won't be in the starting lineup on Thursday against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. The 30-year-old had cooled off in June before getting hurt, and he's returning to a .229/.317/.373 slash line with nine home runs, 38 RBI and 35 runs scored for the Brew Crew in 292 at-bats. Anderson is only a corner-infield option in deep-mixed and NL-only leagues in a part-time role at the hot corner for the Brewers.
Milwaukee Brewers' third baseman/outfielder Brian Anderson (back) isn't expected to return from the injured list until early-to-mid August. He has been sidelined since July 16 after suffering a lower-back strain. The 30-year-old took grounders and hit in the cage earlier in the week. Anderson is slashing .229/.317/.373 with nine homers and 38 RBI over 383 plate appearances in 2023. The Brewers recently acquired first baseman Carlos Santana from the Pittsburgh Pirates, potentially taking at-bats away from Anderson once he returns. Andruw Monasterio will continue to handle the hot corner while Anderson is sidelined.
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Brian Anderson (back) took grounders ahead of Friday's game versus the Atlanta Braves. The 30-year-old was forced to the injured list on July 16 after suffering a lower-back strain while handling grounders two days earlier. Anderson isn't slated to start swinging again until early next week. The big-armed Anderson signified a valuable early-season fantasy addition while riding a white-hot start, but he came down to earth in a big way thereafter. He was hitting just .211 with a .570 OPS in his most recent 114 at-bats prior to this setback. Even with Anderson potentially back as early as next weekend, fantasy managers might be able find a stronger IL stash on waiver wires outside of NL-only leagues.
Brian Anderson has been consistently getting better at the plate since his debut season of 2017. After posting isolated power marks just slightly over .100 in 2017 and 2018, 2020 marks the second season in a row where he's had one over .200. Over the past two seasons, Anderson's power rise has been due to increases in his Statcast metrics, most notably his barrel rate, which in 2020 was a career-best 9.6%. Further adding to the power development, Anderson saw a great increase in pull rate, climbing over 11% to 43% last season. Pulling the ball more usually leads to more power, and his spray chart from last season shows that, with the majority of his home runs going to the pull side. One concerning area from Anderson's 2020 season was that his strikeout rate spiked to 28.8%, by far the worst of his career. It appears that selling out for more power caused him to whiff more, with a whiff rate that was ten percentage points worse than league-average. The power increases are nice and make him a more intriguing fantasy option, but he'll need to manage the strikeout rate for him to become a more complete hitter. Overall, Anderson is a good late-round option at third base, as he should accumulate a good amount of counting stats while hitting the in the middle of the Miami order.