‘He’s a Beast’ – Former Shen Phenom Blows Up on Twitter
Back in October 2016 I was the emcee at a fundraiser for JP Honsinger in Latham. It was a wonderful event for a young man battling childhood alzheimer's and because of JP's love for all things sports, the theme of the fundraiser, appropriately enough, was Wide World of Sports. At this event, I was introduced to a young man named Ian Anderson. He was 18-years-old, fresh out-of-high school, and just a nice, humble kid. I knew who he was, but didn't know that much really. I just knew that he was supposed to be really good.
Before graduating from Shenendehowa High School, he completed his senior year as a stud pitcher who helped lead Shen to a state championship. That same summer - June of 2016 - he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 2016 MLB draft; taken 3rd overall.
Anderson spent spent a few years in the Braves minor league system and kept getting better and better, establishing himself as one of the most prized pitching prospects in MLB. Just 4 years later at age 22, Anderson made his MLB debut against the Yankees in late August and he was phenomenal,pitching 6 innings giving up only one run.
Fast-forward to Thursday, Ian Anderson took the mound for the Atlanta Braves in a playoff game against the very capable Cincinnati Reds. Just how good was he? I'll let some of the Twitter reaction tell you the story: