Note: This page discusses 1990s and 2000s pitcher Matt Anderson. For the scout and college coach of the same name, click here.
Matthew Jason Anderson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 200 lb.
- School Rice University
- High School St. Xavier High School
- Debut June 25, 1998
- Final Game July 1, 2005
- Born August 17, 1976 in Louisville, KY USA
In the 1997 amateur draft, Matt Anderson was picked first overall by the Detroit Tigers. He had been named the top prospect in the collegiate Cape Cod League in 1996 and regularly topped 100 mph on the radar gun, including a high mark of 103 mph twice. In his first professional season, 1998, he was called up from the minors where he had an ERA under 0.70. In his first major league season, he went 5-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 42 games. He also struck out 44 batters in 44 innings pitched.
Since then, he has not posted an ERA under 4.72 in the major leagues, or 3.79 in the minors. He did save 22 games for the Tigers in 2001. In 2005 he walked 11 batters and gave up 19 hits in 10 innings with the Colorado Rockies in what was his last major league season. A blazing fastball and intermittent wildness have been his calling cards during his professional career.
Matt, his wife Rebecca and their son Jacob resided in Louisville, Kentucky during the offseason.