Brian Anderson (anderbr06)
Brian Wade Anderson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 185 lb.
- School University of Arkansas
- High School Deer Creek High School
- Debut September 1, 2017
Brian Anderson was a third-round selection by the Miami Marlins in the 2014 amateur draft, out of the University of Arkansas. He had earlier been drafted in the 20th round by the Minnesota Twins in 2011, when he was coming out of high school.
Anderson began his pro career in 2014 playing second base for the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League and the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League. In 59 games, he hit .300/.363/.496, woth 11 homers and 49 RBIs for a very strong debut season. In 2015 he fell to .235 in 123 games for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League, with 8 homers and 62 RBIs. He was principally a third baseman that year, which would be his most common position over the following years as well. In 2016, he hit .302 in 49 games for Jupiter to earn a promotion to the Jacksonville Suns of the AA Southern League, where his average was .243 in 86 games. In 135 games between the two levels, his line was .265/.348/.389, with 11 homers and 69 RBIs. The Marlins' AA affiliate was renamed the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in 2017 and a solid first half there earned him a spot on the United States team for the 2017 Futures Game played before a hometown crowd at Marlins Park on July 9th. He played the entire game, starting at DH and then moving to 3B mid-way through the contest. He went 2 for 4 with a run scored but almost made a costly error with two outs in the 9th inning and the U.S. trying to hold on to a 7-6 lead with the tying run on base. Mauricio Dubon hit a bouncer to third and Brian rushed his throw to get the rapid runner, pulling 1B Ryan McMahon off the bag. However, the Colorado Rockies farmhand made a great leaping catch, then tagged Dubon as he went by to end the game.
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2019)