Brian Anderson

Brian Wade Anderson was born on May 19th, 1993 in Edmond, Oklahoma. Anderson took the road less traveled when it comes to breaking into the major leagues. He was actually picked in the 20th round of the 2011 draft by the Minnesota Twins. The Twins drafted him after a successful high school career at Deer Creek High School in his hometown.

Anderson decided not to sign with the Twins and went on to play at the University of Arkansas. After his junior year in college, Anderson was chosen by the Miami Marlins in the 3rd round of the 2014 draft proving that he made the right choice the first time around. In 2016 in the Marlins minor league system, Anderson hit .265 11 home runs, 65 RBI, and 21 doubles in 135 games. The following year he put it all together and took a step forward by hitting .275 with 22 home runs, 81 RBI in 120 games. This prompted the Marlins to promote him to the big club.

In his rookie season in 2018, Anderson hit .273 with 11 home runs and 65 RBI in a team-high 156 games. In his sophomore year in 2019, Anderson hit .261 with 20 home runs and 66 RBI in 126 games. On a team of young talent of varying degrees, Anderson seems to be a consistent producer at the plate. He looks to be the 3rd baseman in the future on a team that seems to always be looking towards that future.

By STEVE FARACE | @CineSportsTalk