There was a time when Drew Anderson appeared to have a bright future in the Phillies organization. That future was derailed by weak performances and injuries and officially came to an end today when he was released. Anderson had been designated for assignment on Sunday to clear a roster spot for more September call-ups and after clearing waivers, was officially released.
Anderson missed the last two months of the season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and prior to that, struggled with the IronPigs, posting an 0-6, 5.77 mark in 11 starts at Triple-A. In nine MLB games with the Phillies over the last three seasons, Anderson posted a 7.71 ERA, but did have 19 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings. However, he allowed 29 hits and posted a 1.81 WHIP.
The 25-year old was drafted by the Phillies in the 21st round of the 2012 Draft and made his MLB debut on August 1, 2017 against the Angels.
In addition to designating Anderson for assignment on Sunday, the Phillies also moved pitchers Jerad Eickhoff and Adam Morgan to the 60-day IL to clear two additional roster spots. The three spots were needed to add catcher Deivy Grullon, infielder Phil Gosselin and pitcher Nick Vincent to the 40-man roster. In addition to those moves, Jay Bruce was activated from the 10-day IL and left-hander Cole Irvin, who was already on the 40-man roster, was recalled from Lehigh Valley.