Grafton, WI – 2017 has been a very eventful year for the Lakeshore Chinooks organization. At the beginning of July, the team learned that an alumni from the Chinooks inaugural season roster had broke into the majors. Zack Granite was promoted from Triple A to the Minnesota Twins. Just a few weeks later, two more alumni got the call to the show, Andrew Stevenson with the Washington Nationals and Harrison Bader with the St. Louis Cardinals.
This past weekend, another name was added to that list as Brian Anderson was part of the Miami Marlins September call ups. Anderson attended the University of Arkansas when he came to the Chinooks in the summer of 2012. Brian was first drafted by the Minneosta Twins back in 2011 in the 20th round but elected to stay in school.
Brian Anderson appeared in 25 games for the Chinooks finishing his season with a batting average of .290 which was good for 5th best on the team in 2012. In his 100 at bats, he collected 29 hits, 16 runs, 5 HRs, and 18 RBIs. His season at Lakeshore was cut short due to injury.
Two years later he would be drafted in the 3rd round by the Miami Marlins. Anderson would skip rookie ball and be placed immediately in Single A ball spilting time between the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York Penn League and the Greensboro Grasshoppers of the South Atlantic League. He would end his first minor league season batting an impressive .300. Brian would take a step back in 2015 batting just .235 while spending the entire season with the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League.
Anderson would start 2016 back with the Hammerheads before being elevated to Double A with the Jacksonville Suns where he would appear in 87 games. The Oklahoma native who was consistently listed as one of the Marlin’s top prospects would advance to Triple A in 2017 where he hit .339 with the newly branded New Orleans Babycakes.
On Friday, July 1st after four years of batting his way through the minor league system, Brian Anderson was called up by the Marlins. The 24 year old has appeared in every game since being called up and is currently batting .227 with 5 hits and 2 runs. Anderson is currently the team’s third basemen but is know for his ability to be used as a utility guy in the infield.
Although he will not be appearing at Miller Park this season, the Brewers head to Miami this weekend for a three game series.
The Chinooks would like to wish Brian the best of luck and look forward to watching his career with the Miami Marlins.