Colorado Rockies: Looking ahead to 3 interesting arbitration cases
Projected 2019 salary: $2.9 million
2018 salary: $555,000
Much like Jon Gray, Tyler Anderson is a former first-round pick. Much like Gray, Anderson had his share of struggles in 2018, posting a 7-9 record and 4.55 ERA.
However, Anderson finished the season strong, allowing just four earned runs and 15 hits in his final 19.2 innings of work. His 7.2 innings of shutout baseball on the final day of the regular season against the Washington Nationals ensured the Rockies would face the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 163 with the National League West title on the line.
That was the good. The bad came just a month earlier as Anderson went 0-4 with an 11.39 ERA in an August to forget.
The 28-year-old southpaw is someone to watch heading into the 2019 campaign. If Anderson can pitch like he did in September, he could provide a strong option behind Kyle Freeland and German Marquez. If not, it adds another question mark to the Rockies rotation and its complete strength.
Anderson’s $2.9 million projection seems spot on … but it could have even been a tick higher if he had come through in August.