Top 10 Third-Year Starting Pitchers

Brett Anderson
Text: Eric Mack,
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Brett Anderson

23, Oakland Athletics

Anderson is Billy Beane's own case study on why you need to build up to go 200 innings for Year 3. After jumping from 105 minor-league innings in '08 to 175 1/3 as a rookie in '09, Anderson's elbow balked at him and limited him to 112 1/3. He tried jogging that 5k and running the marathon. Those were some real good innings, though. Now, he could finally build up to 180, or perhaps even 200. If he does that, he will be a pitcher drafted after the top 30 starters but one that performs like a top-15 ace. He has 15-plus wins, a sub-3.00 ERA and 200 strikeouts in his arm.

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