Published On: May 16th, 2019

Anderson is the 215th former Northwoods League player to debut in MLB

Rochester, Minn. – Former Lakeshore Chinook Shaun Anderson, made his Major League debut for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Anderson is the 215th former Northwoods League player to reach the Major League level.

Anderson, who played collegiately at the University of Florida, played for the Lakeshore Chinooks in 2014. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 3rd round of the 2016 MLB draft.

In 11 appearances with a Chinooks team that won the Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series in 2014 he was 5-1 with a 2.21 ERA and recorded 43 strikeouts in 52.1 innings pitched.

Anderson began his minor league career in 2016 with the Lowell Spinners of the Short-Season A New York-Penn League. He only appeared in two games and struck out four batters in 2.2 innings.

Anderson started the 2017 season with the Greenville Drive of the Lo-A South Atlantic League. After seven games he went to the Salem Red Sox of the Hi-A Carolina League. Then after 11 games in Salem he was traded to the San Francisco Giants and finished the season with San Jose of the Hi-A California League. With the three clubs he was a combined 9-6 with a 3.44 ERA. He struck out 107 batters in 123 innings and walked 33.

In 2018 Anderson began the season in the AA Eastern League with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. After 17 games he was promoted to the Sacramento River Cats of the AAA Pacific Coast League. Between the two clubs he was 8-7 with a 3.69 ERA. He struck out 127 batters in 141.1 innings pitched and again walked 33.

Prior to being called up by the Giants, Anderson had appeared in seven games in Sacramento. He was 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA and had 37 strikeouts in 35 innings.

In his Major League debut against the Toronto Blue Jays, Anderson started the game and went 5.0 innings and allowed two earned runs and struck out five. Anderson also had a record day at the plate, finishing 2-for-2 with a double to right-center field in his first career at-bat in the second. He became the first Giants pitcher to record a multi-hit game in his MLB debut since 1900.


The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 25-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 200 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.


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