Former Rider Raider, Chase Anderson was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2009 amateur draft, making his MLB debut in May of 2014. This past January, Anderson was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.
“Getting the opportunity to be in the big leagues with the Diamondbacks was obviously a dream come true. And then you hear you get traded and it’s like, wow, you’ve been with an organization for six and a half years, they drafted you, you get to the big leagues, it’s just kind of a whirlwind. You go through the minor leagues and it’s a grind. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. I got the phone call that I got traded to the Brewers, and I was like, wow, this is exciting. Another chance for me to pitch in the big leagues in a good rotation and further my career.”
Last season with the Diamondbacks, Anderson posted a 6-6 record with a 4.30 ERA and 111 strikeouts in over 152 innings pitched. He believes he’s earned a spot with the Brewers, but he also feels he’s a long term investment with his team. The 28 year old right handed pitcher says he’s still learning how to get better everyday, “Just trying to learn how to get hitters out on a more consistent basis. How to use my pitches more effectively, how to know what pitch is going to work on that at bat, and just try to pick apart hitters tendencies. Because they’re going to find your tendencies. There’s so much video now, they can see what you’re doing, the pattern’s you’re doing. So obviously I want to try to pitch to my strengths, and try to figure out what really works for me. Everyone wants to win twenty games and get to the playoffs, so that’s the main goal.”
Anderson cherishes his days at Rider, and he’s excited for the current Raiders about the new improvements at Hoskins Field, “That’s pretty cool. I wish the field was that nice when we were back in the day! But Hoskins Field was our home for a long time. It’s cool going from a small town like Wichita Falls, nobody really knew who you are. I had a good senior year, went to college, got drafted, went to college, got drafted again, went to Oklahoma for two years, got drafted with the Diamondbacks, worked my way through the minor leagues, overcame a couple injuries in the minor leagues and then got the opportunity to pitch in the big leagues, and I’ve been in the big leagues for almost two years now. So, yeah I have to pinch myself almost everyday, it’s kind of crazy to walk into a big league club house. Never thought I’d be here, but it’s been a dream of mine for a long time.”