The Braves announced a series of roster moves today, recalling righties Huascar Ynoa and a trap Chadwick Tromp. To create a room in the active list, they chose correctly Ian Anderson and outfielder William Heredia.
The most notable of these moves is the demotion of Anderson, who had been entrenched in the rotation for quite some time. First called up to the big leagues in August 2020, he made six starts in the shortened season and posted a 1.95 ERA. That was impressive enough for Anderson to earn a spot in the club’s postseason rotation, as he made four more starts in the playoffs with a 0.96 ERA as Atlanta reached the NLCS.
Last year, Anderson seemingly proved he wasn’t a short-season fluke by pitching well throughout a full campaign. Although he made one trip to the IL, Anderson made 24 starts in 2021 with a 3.58 ERA, then made four more postseason starts with a 1.59 ERA, helping Atlanta win the World Series.
The 24-year-old took a step back here in 2022, however, currently sporting a 5.11 ERA on the year. His 29.7% strikeout rate in 2020 dropped to 23.2% last year and is down to 19.8% this year. His 11.3% walk rate is also a career high and his 47.4% ground ball rate is a career low. It’s possible there’s some bad luck involved, as his .318 BABIP on the year is much higher than in seasons past, but there’s also a lot of blue on his. Statcast page, with hitters clearly making good contact against him. With the appearance of a newcomer Spencer Strider and the acquisition of Jake Odorizzi, it seems that Anderson’s struggles knocked him out of the front five. He will join the Gwinnett Stripers and try to turn things around.
The move isn’t likely to have a huge impact on Anderson from a service time perspective, at least in the short term. He came into this season with one year and 94 days of service time and added about 120 more days here in 2022. Even if he spent the rest of the season in the minors, he would finish the campaign somewhere around 2.025. That would still put him on track to reach arbitration for the first time after 2023 and free agency after 2026, though future optional assignments could change that timeline as well.
Tromp’s recall was necessitated by a leg injury suffered last night by Travis D’Arnaud. Although X-rays were negative, according to Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, D’Arnaud will likely be unavailable for a few days. That goes away William Contreras as the primary catcher, with Tromp stepping in as the backup.