The 34-year-old right-hander was selected No. 1 overall by the Tigers in the 1997 draft. Devastating arm problems ruined his once-lightning 97-100 mph fastball and knocked him out of The Show in 2005.
In parts of seven seasons, Anderson pitched 246 2-3 innings out of the Detroit bullpen between 1998 and 2003 and became a free agent after the 2004 season. He was picked up by the Rockies in 2005 and spent most of that season with Triple-A Colorado Springs, appearing in 12 games for the Rox. Since then, he’s pitched in the minor and independent leagues on and off until the White Sox released him after 15 tries with their Triple-A club in 2008. A product of Rice University and the big fish of the 1997 draft, he’s 15-7 with a 5.19 ERA and 224/157 K/BB in seven big league seasons, all in relief. Beerleaguer: My father once owned a 1980 Gravely lawnmower he would maintain and restore on weekends just for jags and he could never get it to work properly. Anderson will become this type of hobby for the Phillies this summer.