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Random Ray of the Week: Nick Anderson

The phenomenal pitcher has had quite a unique journey to the Rays

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Hello, and welcome to the beginning of weekly series in which we will randomly choose one member of the Rays in franchise history to do a quick synopsis of their career and check out any highlights — if there are any available.

I took every player in franchise history whose last name started with the letter ‘A’ and randomized them and the player who was generated was...Nick Anderson.

Nick Anderson was a 32nd round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012, however, he did not sign, thanks somewhat to some issues in his past regarding the law, and instead chose to pursue an opportunity in the Independent Leagues. Anderson spent three years in indy ball before the Minnesota Twins came a courting and signed him to a minor league deal and stationed the 25-year-old in Single-A.

Anderson dominated, and dominated, and continued to dominate as he climbed his way up the ladder and by the end of the 2018 season, Anderson was knocking on the door to the show.

In November, facing a crunch of their 40-man roster, the Minnesota Twins dealt Anderson to the Miami Marlins for Brian Schales.

Anderson made the Marlins Opening Day roster in 2019 and was immediately incredible, striking out nearly 53% of opposing batters he faced. Although he endured some struggles in May, Anderson has been phenomenal in his debut season. The Tampa Bay Rays acquired Anderson — along with Trevor Richards — at the trade deadline for Ryne Stanek and Jesus Sanchez. Anderson has become an integral part of a top notch Rays bullpen since the acquisition.

As the Rays gear up for a potential postseason run, Anderson will be one of the key members of the Rays roster to help get them there.

Stay tuned, as next Tuesday we’ll move onto the next player on the list, covering one of the 42 players in franchise history, whose last name begins with the letter ‘B’.