SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants using an opener for the first time Tuesday will be followed by a much more traditional baseball concept: The debut of a top prospect.
Shaun Anderson will start for the Giants on Wednesday against the Blue Jays, marking the MLB debut for a hard-throwing right-hander widely viewed as one of the organization's most promising prospects, and their top young pitcher. Anderson, a 24-year-old who gives off a Thor vibe, was in camp with the Giants this spring and impressed with his stuff and demeanor, and he was always expected to make his debut at some point this year.
This is earlier than anticipated, though.
Picked up in the Eduardo Nunez midseason trade in 2017, Anderson has looked like a future contributor since the moment the Giants added him to the organization. He had a 3.51 ERA the rest of that season for San Jose and posted a 3.45 ERA in 17 Double-A appearances last season before getting promoted to Triple-A.
In the notoriously hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, Anderson had a 4.18 ERA last year and was at 4.11 in seven starts this year. He had 37 strikeouts in 35 innings and had allowed just three homers in a league where the ball is flying out of the park at absurd rates.