Chase Anderson makes his Major League debut on Sunday. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
For the third time this season, the Arizona Diamondbacks will have a pitcher make his Major League debut. First it was Bo Schultz in Australia and then Mike Bolsinger arrived in April. The latest rookie is right-hander Chase Anderson, who will get the ball on Sunday as the D’backs finish up their nine game road trip with a Mother’s Day affair with the Chicago White Sox.
Anderson, who was called up right from Double A Mobile, was the organization’s 9th round pick in the 2009 draft. He has bounced back and forth between starting and relieving his entire Minor League career, including last season at Triple A Reno. This season, Anderson has been a starter from day one and the results have been outstanding. He is 4-2 with a 0.69 ERA in seven starts for the BayBears. He has struck out 38 batters in 39 innings while giving up only 22 hits and six walks. Ironically, Anderson is taking Bolsinger’s spot in the rotation.
It remains to be seen if this is just temporary until Trevor Cahill or Randall Delgado improves enough to earn a spot back into the rotation. I am anxious to see some new blood throw and hope that the 26-year old Anderson can at least stick around until the end of the season.