Grading Chase Anderson's brief, yet effective, 2022 performance with the Reds

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Chase Anderson (48) throws a pitch.
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Chase Anderson (48) throws a pitch. / David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
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Chase Anderson spent the majority of the 2022 season in the minor leagues. Anderson spent time with the Tampa Bay Rays' and Detroit Tigers' Triple-A affiliates before making his way to the Cincinnati Reds organization.

Much like situation with Luis Cessa, adding Anderson to the starting rotation was born out of desperation due to he overwhelming number of injuries that befell the Reds pitching staff.

Anderson made 27 appearances in the minor leagues this season, but his firs work in the big leagues came on August 29th versus the St. Louis Cardinals. Let's put a grade on Anderson's brief, yet effective, time in Cincinnati.

Reds RHP Chase Anderson performed well under difficult circumstances.

Before putting a grade on Chase Anderson's performance with the Cincinnati Reds in 2022, it's important focus on the expectations. Though Anderson is a veteran who had experience with pitching coach Derek Johnson while the two were in Milwaukee together, fans in no way expected the right-hander to come in a pitch lights out.

Anderson was called upon because he's spent seven seasons in the big leagues and could give David Bell some value starts down the stretch. As it turns out, Anderson performed quite well after his first couple of outings.

Anderson started against the Cardinals on August 29th and never made it out of the second inning. An extra inning affair two days later necessitated the 34-year-old services out of the bullpen; a game in which he was tagged with the loss.

But, after getting some shaky starts out of the way early, Anderson turned into a rather reliable starter for the Reds during the month of September. In his four starts from September 10th through September 26th, the right-hander posted a 2.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 18 innings of work.

Anderson's last start of the season is one he'd like to forget, as the Chicago Cubs wouldn't let the Texan out of the first inning before touching him up for five earned runs. In all, Anderson posted a 6.56 ERA and 23 punch outs through 23.1 innings pitched.

Seeing as how Chase Anderson appeared in just eight games for the Cincinnati Reds this season, it seems unfair to grade the veteran hurler too harshly. Anderson will be a free agent after the World Series, and it would not be surprising to see the Reds attempt to re-sign the right-hander during the offseason.

Reds RHP Chase Anderson's final grade for the 2022 season: C-

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