Allan Anderson

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Allan Lee Anderson

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Biographical Information[edit]

On June 7, 1982 Allan Anderson was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the second round of the 1982 amateur draft. He signed with the Twins and scout Floyd Baker on August 18. The left-handed pitcher made his first pro appearances with the 1983 Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League (Rookie) and the 1983 Wisconsin Rapids Twins of the class A Midwest League. He went 1-3 for Elizabethton and 0-4 for Wisconsin Rapids.

He then appeared with the 1984 Visalia Oaks of the class A California League where he went 12-7 in 26 appearences, pitching 188 innings and producing a 2.86 ERA. He led the hitter-friendly California League with 5 shutouts and was 8th in ERA. His big problem was control, as he walked 105. His next season saw him go to 7-11 with the 1985 Toledo Mud Hens in 27 games, pitching 176 innings with a 3.43 ERA.

Age 22 found him getting his first look at the major league hitters when the 1986 Minnesota Twins worked him for 21 games. He went 3-6, while pitching 84 innings and amassed a 5.55 ERA. The 1986 Toledo Mud Hens also had him for eleven games and he went 2-5 in 67 innings with a 3.43 ERA.

From 1986 through 1991, six straight seasons, Allan would be with the Twins, winning 49 games, losing 54 in 148 appearences, pitching 818 innings and a major league career 4.11 ERA. Also during these same years, with the exception of the years of 1989 and 1990, he would spend time pitching in the minors.

Anderson had two very good years in the majors. The first in 1988 when he won 16 games and lost only 9 and pitched 202 innings. He also had a 2.45 ERA that led the 1988 American League. He was the first Twins pitcher to lead the American League in ERA. The second good year was in 1989 when he had 17 wins and 10 losses with a 3.80 ERA. In both 1988 and 1990 he had the lowest walk rate in the AL, showing that he had significantly improved his control from his 1984 California League campaign.

His minor league record shows he spent nine years with eight different teams coming up with 34 wins, 48 losses and a 4.74 ERA. Allan's best season would have to be his 1984 year where he won 12 and lost 7 with a 2.86 ERA.

His last pro season would be with the 1993 Oklahoma City 89ers of the AAA American Association where he went 2-8 with a 5.32 ERA. He also had 7 appearances with the Charlotte Knights of the AAA International League with no decisions and decided to call it a game.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL ERA Leader (1988)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1988 & 1989)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1988)
  • Won a World Series with the Minnesota Twins in 1991 (he did not play in the World Series)


The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball: Third Edition
SABR Minor League Database

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