Justin Charles Anderson…pitched three seasons at the University of Texas San Antonio…was 4-5, 2.92 in 17 games in 2014…also batted .324 as a freshman in 2012… was a two-time Texas all-state selection at St. Pius X High School in Houston, TX (graduated 2011).
Sustained a strained left oblique muscle during the 1st week of spring training in mid-February and did not pitch in Cactus League games…recovered in time to participate in the start of Angels Summer Camp in July but injured his right elbow while pitching in a 7/10 intrasquad game…underwent ligament reconstruction surgery on 7/22 performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, TX…spent the remainder of the season on the Angels 60-day IL…was not tendered a 2021 contract offer by LAA on 12/2/20, making him a free agent.
Made Angels Opening Day roster for first time in career... Earned wins in consecutive appearances for Angels on April 5 and April 7 vs. TEX... Converted only 9th inning save opportunity May 26 vs. Texas... Tallied 100th strikeout of career on June 8 vs. Seattle (Kyle Seager) in 9th inning... Led Angels with 37 inherited runners (21 stranded)…Stranded rate of 57% also led staff (min. 5 IR)… In 32 first half appearances, went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA (32 IP - 12 ER) and 46 strikeouts... Missed 26 games on injured list with a right upper trap strain (did not have a minor league rehab stint)… Optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake April 8 and made three appearances for Bees before being recalled April 23 for remainder of season.
Made Major League debut with Angels Apr. 23 in hometown of Houston...Recorded first career strikeout vs. Carlos Correa with two on and two out in the 8th inning of Angels 2-0 win... Led Angels staff and ranked seventh in American League with 22 holds...Was fifth among Major League rookies in holds... Strikeouts per nine innings rate of 10.90 ranked fifth among A.L. rookies (min. 50 IP)…Rate of 0.49 home runs allowed per nine innings ranked second... Stranded 21 of 24 inherited runners (87.5%) on season... Converted first Major League save May 14 vs. Houston... Earned first career win May 23 at Toronto... Struck out all four batters faced on Aug. 10 vs. Athletics...First Angels pitcher to do so (min. 4 BF) since Cory Rasmus (4 BF . 4 SO) Oct. 4, 2015 at Texas... Opened season with Double-A Mobile and appeared in three games before being promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake Apr. 14...Pitched five scoreless innings for Bees prior to being called-up by Angels Apr. 23.