Goldeyes sign two lefty pitchers

The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed left-handed pitchers Kyle Anderson and Chris Anderson on Tuesday afternoon.

Kyle Anderson was 5-6 for the Goldeyes last year with a 4.77 ERA in 18 starts and is returning for his third overall season with the club. The Woodinville, Washington native struck out 60 and walked just 19 while logging 94.1 innings.  Over his final nine starts, Anderson was 4-1 with a 3.22 ERA. In back-to-back starts on August 11th versus Sioux Falls and August 16th versus Fargo-Moorhead, Anderson worked a career-high eight innings and allowed a combined three earned runs. For the season, the 25-year-old lefty allowed three or fewer earned runs in 13 of his 18 starts and walked two or fewer in 15 of them. Anderson first joined the Goldeyes in 2014 and pitched to a 1.64 ERA in 49.1 innings before having his contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization.

“Kyle has been a consistent contributor to our starting rotation over the last two seasons,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “I’m very excited that he chose to pitch this season, and look forward to him building on the success that he enjoyed over the second half of last year.”

In four professional seasons, Anderson is 19-16 with a 3.57 ERA and has averaged just 1.8 walks per nine innings in 312.2 career frames. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Anderson has walked two or less in 46 of 52 career starts, and has never issued more than three free passes in a professional game. Anderson signed with the Toronto Blue Jays as an amateur free agent in 2012 following a four-year career at California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo, California).  Anderson helped the Northwest League’s Vancouver Canadians win back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013, and was part of a third straight Northwest League title in 2014 with the Hillsboro Hops (Arizona Diamondbacks’ Northwest League affiliate). Throughout his career, Anderson has demonstrated the ability to pitch out of tough situations, holding opponents to a .213 batting average with two outs and runners in scoring position.

Chris Anderson (no relation) was a true rookie in 2015, splitting time with the Sioux Falls Canaries and the Pecos League’s Las Vegas Train Robbers. A native of Aurora, Illinois, Anderson made three starts for Las Vegas, striking out at least six batters in all of them. On July 21st at Garden City, Anderson notched his first career victory with a seven-strikeout performance in which he allowed two earned runs in seven and two-thirds innings. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Anderson did not allow an earned run in three of his four relief appearances with the Canaries after signing with Sioux Falls near the end of the season. Anderson totaled 23 strikeouts in just 19.2 innings between the two clubs.

“Chris Anderson was a young left-hander I saw at the tail end of last year,” said Forney. “I like the way he threw the baseball against us, and felt he was worthy of a good look in preparation for the 2016 season. Chris had a very successful collegiate career, and I’m hopeful that he can recapture that mojo with us.”

Anderson played two seasons of college baseball at South Dakota State University (Brookings, South Dakota) where he was a combined 9-7 for the Jackrabbits with a 3.05 ERA from 2014-15.  Anderson – who will be 23 on Opening Night – earned All-Summit League honors as a senior last spring after going 8-3. Anderson also pitched two seasons at Waubonsee Community College (Sugar Grove, Illinois). In 2013, Anderson was 8-4 with a 2.16 ERA for Waubonsee and helped the Chiefs reach the Junior College World Series.

In a separate transaction, right-handed pitcher Jailen Peguero has signed with Veracruz of the Mexican League. Peguero was 5-4 with 16 saves and a 3.76 ERA in 49 relief appearances for the Goldeyes last season.

The two left-handers bring the Goldeyes to 11 players officially under contract for the 2016 season.  American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 7th.

2016 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
OF Reggie Abercrombie
LHP Chris Anderson
LHP Kyle Anderson
RHP Kevin Becker-Menditto
RHP Zach Dando
IF Casio Grider
1B Casey Haerther
OF Adam Heisler
IF Ridge Hoopii-Haslam
OF Josh Romanski
RHP Brandon Shimo

— Winnipeg Goldeyes

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