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Anderson talks offseason plans in Q&A

Right-hander discusses 2015 performance, how he'll prepare for '16

PHOENIX -- It was an up-and-down year for D-backs right-hander Chase Anderson, who was the team's best pitcher over the first two months before struggling in the middle of the season.

He finished 2015 on a good note, and he took a few minutes to sit down with just before the season ended to look back on his year and ahead to his plans for the offseason. How would you assess your season?

Anderson: Overall, I feel like I learned a lot. They talk about "sophomore slump" in your second year in the big leagues, but I don't really believe that. I just think your second year, the hitters are obviously going to know you better, and you have to adjust to their adjustments. For me, the middle part of the season I struggled in some outings, and I wasn't happy with it. But I tried to learn from those outings and implement a new pitch -- the cutter -- and make some adjustments mechanically to finish the season off better. I want to take the strong finish I had into next year. Do you plan on making any changes to your offseason workout routine?

Anderson: I'm going to do my normal workout routine, but I'm going to try and gain even more weight than I did last year. I gained 10 pounds last season, and I want to gain another 10 pounds this offseason and try to get to the 200-pound mark or a little above that. I think that will help me durability-wise and just to be stronger. Anything different from a baseball standpoint?

Anderson: Baseball-wise, I'm going to do the same throwing program as I have in the past, but when I start throwing bullpens, I'm going to really focus on just working on one simple thing that first day instead of trying to throw a two-seamer here, a four-seamer there, a cutter here. Just focus on one thing and progressively get to the point where when I get here to Arizona for Spring Training, I can do everything because I've gone step by step. I think that's going to help me. I've kind of listened to some other guys that have had a lot of success like [Jake] Arrieta, [Clayton] Kershaw and [Zack] Greinke about how they approach it, and I've taken from that and want to implement it into how I do things. You used the cut fastball this year in your last couple of starts for the first time since 2013. Do you plan to use it more next year?

Anderson: I think I will use the cutter more next year. I think it will be an effective pitch because I have three solid pitches, but the more I throw it and get better command of it, it's going to be something else for hitters to think about. It will also be something I can throw in lefties so they can't just sit on the changeup or the two-seamer away.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
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