SAN FRANCISCO — The wait is over for the top pitching prospect in the Giants’ organization.
The club announced that right-hander Shaun Anderson will start and make his major league debut on Wednesday at Oracle Park against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Anderson, 24, owns a 4.11 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A Sacramento and is ranked as the No. 4 prospect and the top pitcher in the Giants’ farm system according to MLB.com. Anderson spent much of spring training in big league camp with the Giants and impressed the team’s evaluators with a four-pitch mix including a fastball that routinely touches the mid 90s.
The Giants acquired Anderson in a 2017 trade that sent infielder Eduardo Núñez to the Boston Red Sox. Anderson was a closer in college at Florida, but was selected in the third round of the 2016 draft by the Red Sox and has started in 56 of his 58 minor league appearances.
This is the second time Anderson has been summoned to the big leagues by the Giants, but the first time he’ll pitch for San Francisco. The organization brought him to New York last August so he could face the Mets, but the Giants made a last-minute decision to keep him in the minor leagues.
“I flew over there and then it just happened to be where things didn’t work out and they needed me back in Sacramento,” Anderson said this spring. “I respected that, went back to Sacramento and that was pretty much it. It was close but things happen for a reason.”
The Giants have an open 40-man roster spot after designating catcher Erik Kratz for assignment on Monday. The club has not announced a corresponding move for Anderson’s 25-man roster spot as the team also plans to activate recently acquired outfielder Aaron Altherr ahead of Tuesday’s series opener against Toronto.
Altherr is expected to take Kratz’s place on the 25-man roster, but the Giants must clear another space for Anderson who will debut on Wednesday.
The Giants believe Anderson is undervalued as a prospect across baseball and think he can be a critical part of the team’s rotation moving forward.
“There’s nobody that outworks him,” first-year farm director Kyle Haines said during spring training. “His mental game is off the charts, and then when you combine it with his talent, four good pitches, he throws strikes, plus-demeanor and competitor on the mound, it is really easy to fall in love with him and get excited about him.”