Former St. Louis Cardinal Rick Ankiel couldn’t throw strikes any more, so he went back to the minor leagues and became an outfielder. He had a couple of decent years in St. Louis, signed with the Royals last offseason, but has spent most of 2010 on the DL.â†µ
Now, former White Sox outfielder Brian Anderson, also in the Royals organization, is trying to reinvent himself as a pitcher:â†µ
Anderson, the White Sox’s first-round pick in the 2003 draft, threw a scoreless first inning Sunday in his professional pitching debut for Kansas City’s rookie affiliate in the Arizona League.â†µ
Anderson, the Sox’s 2006 opening day center fielder, struck out two and allowed an infield hit to Yair Lopez of San Diego’s rookie team.â†µ
Anderson, 28, is being groomed as a starting pitcher. He was traded from the Sox to Boston last July in exchange for Mark Kotsay. Anderson wasn’t tendered a contract by the Red Sox after the 2009 season and failed to make the Royals’ opening day roster last spring.â†µ
What other failed Sox or Cubs hitting prospects might have a future in pitching?