Each day during the balance of 2020 as part of my celebration of 50 years following the Philadelphia Phillies, I’ll recall a mostly obscure and in many cases completely forgotten player who appeared with the ball club between 1971-2020.
This micro-bio series publishes each morning and will include basic background info on the player, their statistical performance with the Phillies during the specific season highlighted, and a snap-shot of the rest of their big-league career.
For each year, I choose one random position player and one pitcher, giving each their own remembrance in separate articles on different days. Over the last two days we looked at 2019’s most random pitcher, Yacksel Rios, and position player, Mitch Walding.
As we continue to work our way backwards in time, today we move on to the pitcher with the combination of having made little impact on the 2018 Phillies and who is likely to have the least impactful big-league career.
Drew Anderson was the Phillies selection in the 21st round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of Galena High School in his native Reno, Nevada.
The right-hander worked his way through the Phillies farm system over the next six seasons before finally getting to make his big-league debut with a pair of one-game opportunities under skipper Pete Mackanin in August 2017.
Anderson didn’t fare well in either of those outings. He made that debut on August 1, 2017 at Angel Stadium of Anahem, and the host Los Angeles Angels got to him for two runs (one earned) and two hits as he pitched the bottom of the 8th inning. There was one big highlight for Anderson, as he struck out Mike Trout for his first MLB punch-out to end the frame.
On August 26, 2017 Anderson got another shot. This time he was seriously roughed up by the Chicago Cubs at Citizens Bank Park. He allowed five earned runs on four hits and a walk as the visitors exploded for seven runs in the 7th inning en route to a 17-2 romp.
Anderson would receive a pair of one-game call-ups the following July and was used in three September games. On July 8, 2018 at Pittsburgh he received his first big-league starting opportunity from manager Gabe Kapler. He lasted five innings that Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, but the host Pirates got to him for three runs in the bottom of the 4th inning and went on to a 4-1 victory.
Overall in that 2018 season, Anderson appeared in five games, making the one start. He allowed 17 hits and seven earned runs over 12.2 innings with an 11/2 K:BB ratio for a 4.97 ERA and 1.500 WHIP mark.
Anderson would go on to make two more appearances with the club last season before he was released on September 2, 2019.
In late January of this year he was signed by the Chicago White Sox and was a non-roster invitee to their spring training camp in Glendale, Arizona. In four Cactus League appearances with the Chisox prior to the pandemic shutdown, three of those starts, the now 27-year-old Anderson allowed 12 hits and seven earned runs over 9.1 innings.
The most random Phillies position player from the 2018 season will be featured on Monday. Check back for that next installment in this year-long series. You can view all of them at any time from the History section under the “Phillies 50: 1971-2020” page of our website toolbar.