Tyler Anderson Talks Between Phillies, Pirates Hit Late Impediment
10:22 pm: The Pirates have raised some issues about Hernandez’s medical analysis, experiences Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports activities Philadelphia. It stays doable a deal sending Anderson to Philly nonetheless will get performed, though which may require “modifications” to Pittsburgh’s return, per Salisbury.
4:52pm: Regardless of a number of experiences indicating the deal had been finalized, the commerce now appears to have hit a “snag,” tweets Jon Heyman of MLB Community. Mackey tweets that Anderson is now in Pirates gear and throwing within the Pittsburgh bullpen. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal tweets that there’s some type of difficulty with one of many two prospects within the deal.
That stated, Anderson nonetheless isn’t beginning tonight’s Bucs sport. Pittsburgh has introduced Luis Oviedo will make his first MLB begin rather than Anderson. There’s no indication but that the commerce sending Anderson to Philadelphia is totally off, and it stays doable that the 2 events may merely amend the deal to push it throughout the end line. The Put up-Gazette’s Mike Persak tweets that righty Max Kranick is at PNC Park, more likely to exchange Anderson on the roster, although he might have been summoned earlier than any late obstacles arose.
3:07pm: The 2 sides are in settlement on a commerce, experiences Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Put up-Gazette (Twitter hyperlink). The Phillies are sending 21-year-old catcher Abrahan Gutierrez and 20-year-old righty Cristian Hernandez to the Pirates in return. The deal is “last,” per Mackey.
2:42pm: The Pirates and Phillies are in “severe” talks on a commerce that might ship left-handed starter Tyler Anderson from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, experiences Jayson Stark of The Athletic (Twitter hyperlink). The deal in query would ship a pair of prospects again to Pittsburgh. FanSided’s Robert Murray first famous talks between Philly and Pittsburgh. Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Put up-Gazette tweets that Anderson has been scratched from tonight’s begin, which actually suggests a transfer is imminent.
The potential return isn’t but clear, although Stark characterizes the prospects being mentioned as “second tier” and notes in a second tweet that catching prospect Rafael Marchan just isn’t a part of the proposed bundle.
That’s not precisely shocking, as whereas Anderson is a stable starter, he’s extra the kind of arm to stabilize a rotation than to push it to new heights. A free agent at season’s finish, Anderson is enjoying on a one-year, $2.5MM contract and continues to be owed about $901Ok of that sum between now and the top of the yr.
Anderson, 31, has made 18 begins for the Buccos this season and pitched not less than 5 innings in all of them. That will not appear to be a excessive bar, however the Phillies have routinely acquired brief begins from the likes of Chase Anderson, Vince Velasquez and Matt Moore. A dependable supply of 5 to 6 stable innings per outing is one thing the membership may badly use — notably with right-hander Zach Eflin presently on the shelf.
To this point, Anderson has given the Pirates 103 1/Three innings of 4.35 ERA ball, though he’s been a bit extra constant than that quantity would possibly seem at first look. The lefty was shelled for 9 runs in 5 frames in opposition to the Braves again on Could 21 however has yielded three or fewer earned runs in 15 of his 18 begins. Setting apart that terrible evening in opposition to the Braves, Anderson carries a 3.75 ERA in his different 17 appearances.
Anderson doesn’t miss tons of bats (20 % strikeout price) or induce tons of grounders (37.Three %), however Anderson has wonderful management (5.eight % stroll price) and has induced loads of weak contact within the air. Among the many 276 pitchers who’ve had not less than 100 batted balls in opposition to them to this point in 2021, Anderson’s common exit velocity of 91.7 mph on balls within the air sits within the 86th percentile.
When the Phils are at full energy, Anderson would step in because the workforce’s fourth starter behind Zack Wheeler, Aaron Nola and the aforementioned Eflin. He might not be locked in as a postseason starter, ought to Philadelphia qualify, however he could possibly be a multi-inning possibility in a brief postseason collection or doubtlessly a Recreation Three starter, relying on the well being elsewhere within the rotation. He additionally takes one goal off the board for the division-rival Mets, who’re eyeing rental starters and had been related to Anderson as just lately as this morning.
Turning to the Pirates’ finish of the deal, they’ll obtain some far-off however promising children who joined the Phillies by way of worldwide free company. Gutierrez was initially signed by the Braves however reentered the free-agent market after Atlanta was penalized for worldwide signing violations. He’s climbed as excessive as Class-A in 2021 and is having fun with a wonderful season there, batting .285/.418/.424 with 5 homers, 9 doubles and a stable 30 % caught-stealing price in 48 video games.
Baseball America ranked Gutierrez 26th amongst Phillies farmhands previous to the season, calling him a line-drive hitter with common energy and good data of the strike zone. He landed 32nd on FanGraphs’ rankings of the Phillies system.
Hernandez is one other participant who didn’t rank prominently on preseason rankings of the Phillies’ system however has possible elevated his standing with a powerful 2021 displaying. He’s pitched 56 2/Three innings at A-ball — presumably throwing to Gutierrez with regularity — and notched a 3.49 ERA with a giant 31.2 % strikeout price and a 9.Three % stroll price. MLB.com tabbed him 29th amongst Phillies prospects getting into the season, noting that regardless of a modest $120Ok bonus when he signed, he would possibly emerge as the perfect arm of Philadelphia’s 2017-18 signing class. Their report on him cites an above-average fastball that reaches 97 mph, a stable slider and a still-developing changeup as causes to be optimistic concerning the 6’3″, 180-pound righty.