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Anderson at As Sayliyah Army Base in 2009
|Born: January 22, 1976|
|July 4, 1999, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|July 21, 2004, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Earned run average||5.42|
James Drew Anderson (born January 22, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched for five seasons in the majors. Anderson made his major league debut in 1999, appearing in 13 games for the Pirates. In 2000, Anderson pitched in 27 games (26 starts), compiling a record of 5-11 in 144 innings. In 2001, Anderson had career highs in wins (9), games started (34), innings pitched (206.1) and strikeouts (89). He finished 9-17 with a 5.10 ERA.
In 2002, Anderson regressed and lost control, walking 63 batters while striking out just 47 in 140 2⁄3 innings for the Pirates. He was let go after the season and signed with the Cincinnati Reds. He went 1-5 in 8 games for the Reds and was later designated for assignment. Instead of choosing an outright assignment to AAA, Anderson refused and became a free agent. Anderson later signed a minor league deal with the Giants, for which he started 8 games, going 1-4 with a 6.44 ERA.
In 2004, Anderson signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. Anderson pitched in 16 games at the AAA level before being called up by the Cubs. Anderson appeared in just 7 games for the Cubs, all relief appearances, and notched his first career save.
In 2005, Anderson pitched in the Twins, Astros, Cubs and Devil Rays minor league systems. Between all four, Anderson compiled an 8-10 record in 27 games (25 starts). He had a 3.44 ERA despite a WHIP of 1.50 due to his walks (66) and hits (150) in 144 innings.
As of 2013, he works with Bobby McKinney in Western Branch Batting and Pitching Clinic. He is also coaching a team called the Mid-Atlantic Pirates Scout team.