Ian Anderson bolsters case as fast-rising Braves prospect

Braves pitching coach Rick Kranitz watches pitcher Ian Anderson work in the bullpen during spring training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Lake Buena Vista. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

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Braves pitching coach Rick Kranitz watches pitcher Ian Anderson work in the bullpen during spring training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Lake Buena Vista. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

Ian Anderson continues garnering attention at Double-A. The Braves’ next top pitching prospect waiting in the wings struck out 14 on Friday night, pitching seven no-hit innings in Mississippi’s 2-0 win.

Anderson is the Braves’ No. 2 prospect, and their top pitching prospect, according to Baseball America. His 14 strikeouts set a new career-high, while his 113 total strikeouts lead the Southern League.

Anderson, who will play in next month’s Futures Game in connection with the All-Star game in Cleveland, lowered his ERA to 2.94. The 21-year-old is knocking on the door of a promotion, and once he’s at Triple-A Gwinnett, a call-up feels conceivable at any time, especially with how aggressive the Braves have been in relying on their youth.

Kyle Muller, who owns a 3.09 ERA in Mississippi, joins Anderson as two of the team’s more promising pitchers at the Double-A level.

On their current tracks, both should finish the season at Triple-A – if not the majors.