With the recent success of Tom Eshelman, who came to the IronPigs out of necessity and doesn’t appear ready to leave any time soon, lest we forget the other “ace” in the Reading rotation. Drew Anderson made a small change to his delivery a couple games ago, and has been outstanding ever since. I was really impressed with him the last time I saw him live down there, and he just continues.
(Reading, Pa) – The Eastern League has announced that Reading Fightin Phils pitcher Drew Anderson has been named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 8th – May 14th. Anderson is the lone Fightin Phils pitcher or player on the Philadelphia Phillies 40-man roster.
Anderson (1-0, 1.29 ERA) struck out a combined 17 batters in 14 innings throughout his two starts this past week. In his first start on May 8th against the Bowie Baysox, he struck out 10 batters and did not issue a walk while taking a no-hitter into the 6th inning. He gave up just one run on three hits over seven innings to earn his third win of the season.
Drew made his second start on Sunday against the Portland Sea Dogs and did not disappoint. He took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and had retired 19 of the first 20 batters he faced. The lone hit he allowed was a solo home run hit by Portland’s Rafael Devers in the seventh inning. He finished the day with seven strikeouts without allowing a walk.
The 23-year old led all Eastern League pitchers in strikeouts (17) last week and tied for the league lead in innings pitched (14.0). He also ranked among the weekly leaders in WHIP (0.29-2nd), wins (1-tied 3rd), and batting average against (.087-4th). Anderson was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 21st round of the 2012 draft out of Galena High School in Reno, Nevada.
See you at the parks,