The Yankees have signed RHP Brian Anderson and LHP Andy Sisco to minor league deals with invitations to big league camp.
Anderson is a really interesting addition. You might remember him as a center field prospect with the White Sox about five years ago. He could play the field, but the bat never developed. He has 799 big league at-bats, with a .227 average to show for it. Last year, the Royals let Anderson move to the mound and the results were pretty encouraging for a guy who hadn’t pitched in nearly a decade: 17.1 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 17 K.
Funny thing is, Anderson played high school baseball with Shelley Duncan. It was an insanely good team, and Shelley always told me that Anderson could really throw. He’s far from a sure thing but might be worth watching. An interesting story at the very least.
As for Sisco, he was a second-round draft pick in 2001 and twice ranked among Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects in all of baseball. He has some big league time, but last year was his first full season since 2007. He’s had Tommy John surgery, and Rosenthal says he’s been throwing 95 mph in winter ball.
These are not exactly prospects, but they’re the kind of guys who still have a best-case scenarios that could get them to New York.