WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes re-signed left-handed pitcher Kyle Anderson on Wednesday morning.
Anderson was one of the most consistent pitchers in the American Association last year, while filling a variety of roles. The Woodinville, Washington native was 3-1 with one save and a 3.44 ERA in six starts and 23 relief appearances. Anderson, who is returning for a fourth season in Winnipeg, totaled 73.1 innings, walking just seven, and striking out 37. On June 3rd, Anderson carried a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Lincoln Saltdogs at Shaw Park, and eventually finished off a two-hitter that went down as the first complete game of his professional career. Anderson fell six and two-thirds innings shy of ranking ninth in the American Association in ERA.
“Kyle did a great job filling many roles last year,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “He’s a good, consistent strike-thrower, which allows him to succeed and be a versatile asset to your pitching staff.
Anderson made an immediate impact after transitioning into a relief role in late-June. The 26-year-old lefty recorded a save in Winnipeg’s 7-6 win at St. Paul on June 27th that helped the team split a critical four-game series. The outing followed back-to-back extra inning contests where the Goldeyes’ bullpen worked a combined 12.2 frames. Anderson pitched more than one full inning in 14 of his 23 relief appearances.
Anderson was originally signed by the Toronto Blue Jays as a non-drafted free agent out of California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, California) in 2012. Anderson pitched two seasons in Toronto’s farm system and won back-to-back Short Season-A Northwest League championships with the Vancouver Canadians in 2012 and 2013. After signing with the Goldeyes in 2014, the 6-foot, 180-pound Anderson pitched to a 1.64 ERA in seven starts and one relief outing before having his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Anderson reached Double-A Mobile (Southern League) during his time with Arizona, and capped the year by winning a third consecutive Northwest League championship. In five professional seasons, Anderson is 22-17 with two saves and a 3.54 ERA over 58 starts and 41 relief outings. Anderson has averaged just 1.6 walks per nine innings in his career, and has never walked more than three batters in any of his 58 career starts.
The Goldeyes now have 14 players under contract for the 2017 season, including 11 from their 2016 championship team. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.
Notes: The American Association requirement to qualify for the ERA leaders is 0.8 innings per team game played, or 80.0 innings in a 100-game season…Anderson’s 1.64 ERA for the Goldeyes in 2014 was leading the American Association at the time his contract was purchased by the Diamondbacks…Anderson has walked two batters or less in 52 of his 58 career starts…Anderson pitched in the 2002 Little League World Series for Aptos, California…Anderson started Game Two of the 2013 Northwest League Championship Series versus the Boise Hawks, allowing one earned run in five innings…Vancouver eventually won Game Two, which evened the best-of-three series, and clinched the championship the following night…Anderson’s 1.5 walks per nine innings during his three seasons with the Goldeyes is second best in franchise history (minimum 200.0 innings pitched)…Rafael Gross holds the franchise record at 1.3 walks per nine innings
2017 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
OF Reggie Abercrombie
LHP Kyle Anderson
1B David Bergin
RHP Victor Capellan
RHP Edwin Carl
3B Wes Darvill
2B Casio Grider
RHP Caleb Kellogg
1B Kellen Marruffo
LHP Kevin McGovern
RHP Cameron McVey
RHP Mikey O’Brien
OF/1B David Rohm
RHP Duke von Schamann
The Winnipeg Goldeyes open the 2017 season on May 18th on the road against the expansion Cleburne Railroaders. The Goldeyes’ 2017 home opener is Monday, May 29th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Shaw Park. Season tickets, 10-game mini packs, and group outings for the 2017 season are on sale now. For more information, call the Goldeyes’ office at (204) 982-BASE, or visit the Goldeyes’ official website at www.goldeyes.com