Scott Richard Anderson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 6", Weight 190 lb.
- School Oregon State University
- High School Newport High School (Bellevue)
- Debut April 8, 1987
- Final Game August 26, 1995
- Born August 1, 1962 in Corvallis, OR USA
The Texas Rangers drafted Scott Anderson in the 7th round of the 1984 amateur draft. The 21-year-old pitcher spent that season with the class A Midwest League Burlington Rangers. He appeared in 14 games, pitching 86.1 innings, winning 3 and losing 6 for a 2.50 ERA
Scott spent 3 more seasons in the minors, 1985 through 1987, where he won 19 games and lost 16 and had a 3.43 ERA, before getting a chance in the major leagues. He received a late-season look with the 1987 Texas Rangers. The 24-year-old appeared in 8 games, pitching 11.3 innings going 0-1 with a 9.53 ERA.
Anderson spent 1988 with the AAA Oklahoma City 89ers. He appeared in 38 games, pitching 97 innings and his record showed 4 wins and 6 losses with a 4.55 ERA. On December 19, the Rangers traded Scott to the Montreal Expos for minor league outfielder Mike Berger, who would never make the majors but would later have a career as a front office executive.
Scott spent two years, 1989 and 1990, with the Indianapolis Indians and appeared in 56 games, 309.2 innings, won 19 games and lost 18 with a 3.24 ERA. That made him one of the Indians' top pitchers over those two years, and the Expos gave Scott a major league look in 1990. He had two stints with the Expos, the first from August 4-12, when he made a single outing, giving up one run in three innings of relief. He went back to Indianapolis and was called up again on September 12. This time, he made three starts, the first of which was a gem as he combined with Scott Ruskin on a one-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 16. After a loss, he had another outstanding start on the last day of the season, October 3 against St. Louis, allowing a run on three hits while striking out seven in 6 innings; this time, though, the win went to Bill Sampen, leaving him with an 0-1 record in spite of a solid 3.00 ERA and 16 Ks in 18 innings of work. Indianapolis' 1990 season is chronicled in teammate Steve Fireovid's book The 26th Man; Anderson features prominently in the book, as he was Fireovid's roomate and closest friend on the team.
On January 26, 1993, he signed as a free agent with the Florida Marlins. He spent that year with the Edmonton Trappers of the Pacific Coast League. He won 5 games and lost 4, pitching 66 innings with a 3.53 ERA. On October 15, he was granted free agency, signing on December 27th, as a free agent with the Milwaukee Brewers.
On January 29, 1995 he signed as free agent with the Kansas City Royals and appeared in 15 games with the Omaha Royals, winning 5 games and losing 3, pitching 73.1 innings with a 4.17 ERA. The Royals gave the 32-year-old pitcher a look and he appeared in 6 games for them that year, pitching 25.3 innings, going 1-0 - his lone victory in the big leagues - with a 5.33 ERA.
The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
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