Braves Starter Adds New Pitch To Repertoire; Vying For Final Rotation Spot

Looking to reclaim his spot in the Atlanta Braves starting rotation.

Braves starter Ian Anderson is reportedly developing a slider while continuing to rely on his fastball and changeup as his primary pitches.

After posting a solid 3.25 ERA in 30 starts over his first two seasons, Anderson struggled in 2022, compiling a 5.00 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, and 97 strikeouts over 111.2 innings and 22 starts.

However, the young pitcher, still just twenty-four years old is actively working on refining his delivery and pitch mix as he looks to recapture his previous form.

Despite his efforts, Anderson's spot in the Braves rotation is not guaranteed for the upcoming season, as he faces competition from Mike Soroka, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, and Bryce Elder.

Nonetheless, Anderson's previous success and commitment to improvement give him a good shot at landing the role.

He was the third overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft. Photo Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports