Grant Anderson, a native of Port Arthur, Texas, dominated the Detroit Tigers in Major League debut, striking out seven in 2 ⅔ innings on the way to recording his first career win.
Texas Rangers rookie #MLBbro Grant Anderson became the 6th pitcher in MLB history to strike out the first 4 batters he faced in his MLB debut on Tuesday night. The Melanated Mound Marauder pitched 2.2 innings with 7k’s, no walks and allowed just one hit — to the great Miguel… pic.twitter.com/0owa2kRr5L
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A struggling Texas Rangers bullpen may have found themselves a gem in the South Texas native. Anderson was called up to the Bigs on Memorial Day and was thrown directly into the fire with two outs and the tying run on second base in the fifth inning Tuesday night.
Grant Anderson Has Historical MLBbro Debut
He showed manager Bruce Bochy that he wanted any and all smoke, as he became the sixth pitcher since 1974 to strike out the first four batters they faced in their career.
Grant Anderson's 6Ks in 2.1 innings. 😯 pic.twitter.com/74qiLtd9QB
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Anderson would go on to strike out seven of the eight batters he faced allowing no walks and only one hit which came off the bat of future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera.
“He was unfazed in the fact that he was brand new to this level,” said Tigers manager A.J. Hinch.
“They obviously called him up for a reason. We could not create any stress on him to make him realize it is not easy up here.”
Anderson Known For His Heat
Anderson was known for racking up strikeouts during his time in the minors. In Double A this season, he had the highest strikeout percentage in the Pacific Coast League and in 15 total Minor League games he went 2-0 with a 3.54 ERA and a save.
Anderson attended West Orange-Stark high school before committing to McNeese State University. After struggling his freshman year to the tune of an ERA over 13, he found his rhythm in both his sophomore and junior seasons finishing with a 2.30 ERA with 56 strikeouts and a 3.86 ERA with 72 K’s respectively.
Seattle Mariners Draft Anderson In 21st Round Of 2018 MLB Draft
The Seattle Mariners would go on to select Anderson in the 21st round of the 2018 draft but after less than a year he was traded to the Rangers in April of 2019. He spent that season in Single-A finishing with a 3.22 ERA and would not pitch in 2020 due to Covid canceling the season.
Anderson would be moved to Double-A during the 2021 season. There he struck out 61 in 54 ⅓ innings despite having an ERA over five. In 2022, where he spent time in both Double and Triple A, he went a combined 5-0 with 91 strikeouts in 64 ⅓.
With no role set in stone in the Rangers bullpen, Anderson has a chance to prove himself as a viable piece for a team with World Series aspirations.