Pitcher Sean Anderson, 29, has found a new home after being released by the Kia Tigers.
“The Philadelphia Phillies have signed right-handed pitcher Sean Anderson to a minor league contract,” MLB Trade Rumors (MLBTR), which 메이저사이트 covers major league transactions, announced on Nov. 21 (KST). “Anderson played for the KIA Tigers of the KBO this year but was released a few weeks ago,” MLBTR added.
Drafted by the Boston Red Sox with the 88th pick in the third round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft, Anderson was acquired by the San Francisco Giants via trade in 2017. He made his major league debut with San Francisco in 2019 and spent 2021 with the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and San Diego Padres.
After one big league appearance with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2022, Anderson turned his attention to South Korea, where he compiled a 5.84 ERA in 63 major league games (16 starts) with a 3-5 record and two saves, and a 3.72 ERA in 113 minor league games (72 starts) with a 42-17 record and eight saves.
Anderson signed a one-year, $1 million contract with KIA in November 2022 to play in the KBO. He seemed to settle in quickly, going 3-2 with a 2.58 ERA in April, but struggled mightily in May with a 7.71 ERA in three starts. In June, he started to find his groove again with quality starts in three of four games, but in need of a turnaround, KIA released Anderson and brought back Thomas Pannoni, who was his partner for the second half of last year.
After leaving the KBO with a 4-7 record and a 3.76 ERA, Anderson was quickly rehired by the Phillies, who signed him to a contract. Anderson will join the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the Phillies’ minor league system as he attempts to break back into the big leagues.