Phillies Sign Former #1 Pick

14 Jan

matt anderson.jpgThe Phillies just seem to love these low risk, high reward deals. On Friday they signed right-hander Matt Anderson to a Minor League contract.

Anderson was the #1 overall pick in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft by the Detroit Tigers.  In 1998 he posted an ERA in the minors of under
0.70 and was quickly called up to try and help the struggling parent
club. His 100+ MPH fast ball and eccentric personality made him a fan
favorite but he quickly flamed out after the “octopus incident” (there
was a contest at the ballpark to throw an octopus the farthest and win
tickets to a Red Wings playoff game – Anderson tossed an octopus and
suffered an injury from which he never seemed to recover).

After
leaving the Tigers he had a stint with the Colorado Rockies which did
not go well and he has not appeared in a Major League game since then.
He did spend some time in the San Francisco minor leagues before joining
the Bridgeport Bluefish in the Independent League.  I’ve read that the Phillies scouts have been impressed from what they saw of Anderson out in Arizona. 

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