Saw the following transaction on Friday:

Cincinnati Reds
Claimed OF Drew Anderson off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.

If this name sounds familiar to you, it should, because now the Reds have two players named Drew Anderson. The new Drew Anderson, just claimed from Milwaukee, is a left handed hitting outfielder. This signing fills out the Reds 40 man roster to 40, so if Jay Bruce makes the team out of spring training, someone will have to be dropped. Wayne Krivsky told the Enquirer:

“He can run,” Krivsky said. “He can play center and all the outfield positions. Our scouts like him, so we added him.”

New Drew Anderson put up a .273/.324/.395/.719 (AVG/OBP/SLG/OPS) last season in 377 AAA ABs. His minor league totals over the last 5 seasons are .303/.364/.419/.783 in 2064 ABs. Hmmm… those numbers looked kind of familiar to me, oh yeah, check out Jeff Keppinger’s minor league stats: .320/.373/.419/.792 in 2154 ABs. The new Drew Anderson looks like he’s competition/depth for the 4th/5th OF spot. He could be useful if he can mantain a good BA and a .350+ OBP in the majors. He’s most suited for CF, since he does not have much power, so hopefully he is a very good defender there; that would greatly increase his value. More than likely he is destined to open the season at AAA Louisville.

The old Drew Anderson is primarily a 2B, but has seen time in the OF and at 3B and SS. He put up a .250/.316/.405/.721 in 516 ABs last year at AA Chattanooga. His minor league totals are .259/.327/.399/.726 in 1635 ABs. The old Drew Anderson is a bit light with the bat and is probably a utility player in the bigs at best. If old Drew gets a promotion to AAA Louisville for next season, Louisville will most likely have both Drew Andersons on their roster.

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Tom Diesman is a Cincinnati area native and grew up in Northern Kentucky and Clermont County. He currently resides in central Indiana. Tom makes his living doing UNIX System and Storage Administration. He fell in love with baseball and the Cincinnati Reds during the Big Red Machine era, and Johnny Bench is his all-time favorite Reds player. Tom is still an avid follower of the Reds, and longs for the organization to bring winning baseball back to Cincinnati.

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3 Responses

  1. Tom

    Look for Wayne Krivsky to make a deal soon with Houston. There is still one more Drew Anderson to acquire. But last year he played poorly as a 2B in the R Appalachian league, in his first pro season. He would be in either Billings or Dayton if acquired, so no, all 3 would not be on the same roster. 🙂

  2. Zirkle Blakey

    I like the deal for the lefty. It is a one year deal for a guy that thought he was going to get a 4-5 year deal as a free agent. He has a lot to prove and that could be a one year payoff for the Reds. Not a lot of money, with a good upside. He pitched well for the Rockies down the stretch last fall. At worst he provides a lefty out of the pen, at best he could be a surprise #4 starter.

  3. Eldon Haas

    Drew Anderson batting 550 plus at this time. Keep it up Drew!