|Born: November 24, 1986
Drafted: 26th Round, 795th Overall, 2008 (Padres)
How Acquired: Claimed off waivers (from Yankees)
College: Ball State University
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Anna is a utility infielder who’s popular among some stat-minded fans because he gets on base a lot and has excellent K:BB ratios. He’s primarily a middle infielder who’s probably adequate defensively at best, but he’s played all over the field, except center and catcher, as the Padres seemed to regard him strictly as a minor league utility player. The Yankees gave him a shot at the majors in 2014, but when he didn’t hit right away, they lost patience, as is their wont. Anna has shown some power as well as excellent on-base skills in the minors. He’s had both standard and reverse platoon splits, so there’s probably no basis for thinking he’ll hit RHPs or LHPs better going forward.
After he signed, the Padres sent Anna to the short-season Northwest League. He didn’t hit especially well there, but he showed excellent plate discipline. The Padres nevertheless moved him down to rookie ball late in the year. Between the two locations, Anna played second, short and third, more second than the others.
The Padres sent Anna to low A to start the season, but he played only sporadically and they moved him down to the Northwest League once its season started. He dominated there, hitting for average and power, and getting on base. Anna played primarily short in short season ball.
Anna spent the season as a utility player in low A, playing only part-time and getting time at second, third, short and both corner outfield positions. His overall hitting line was nearly identical to his career minor league numbers.
The Padres moved Anna up to high A, where he returned to a utility role. He hit very well, albeit in the hitting-crazy California League, and San Diego moved him up to AA in mid-June. He played more or less regularly there, although he continued to move around among all four infield positions and both corner outfield positions. He had an exceptional K:BB ratio in AA.
Anna spent the season in AA, playing regularly but still moving around all over the field. He continued to get on base at a high rate.
Anna spent the season in AAA, dividing his time evenly between second and short. He had a big year at the plate, although it’s worth noting that he was playing in a strong hitter’s environment in Tucson in the Pacific Coast League. After the season, the Padres traded him to the Yankees in a minor deal, possibly because they didn’t intend to add him to their 40-man roster. The Yankees immediately added Anna to their roster.
Anna made the Yankees out of spring training and got into a dozen games in April, most of them at short. He didn’t hit much and the Yankees sent him to AAA late in the month. He played mostly short there and continued to struggle at the plate. The Yankees designated him for assignment in a series of roster moves in early July and the Pirates claimed him. The Pirates didn’t really seem to have much interest in Anna; when they needed a utility infielder, they called up the historically bad-hitting Michael Martinez. They designated Anna for assignment when they signed Jayson Nix; he cleared waivers and was outrighted to Indianapolis. The Pirates loaded the team with utility infielders (they also claimed Tommy Field on waivers and quickly outrighted him, and they already had Martinez, Robert Andino, Chase d’Arnaud and Blake Davis), so Anna played only sporadically, mostly at second. He rebounded a little at the plate, mostly in the form of an astronomical walk rate.
Anna’s on-base skills have been impressive in the minors, but hitters whose best skill in the minors is drawing walks don’t necessarily do well in the majors. The Pirates certainly don’t seem to have had that much interest in him. He’ll be a free agent in the off-season and will likely move on.
|2014: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2008
MLB Debut: 4/4/2014
MiLB FA Eligible: Eligible
MLB FA Eligible: 2020
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: November 20, 2013
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2014)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 6, 2008: Drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 26th round, 795th overall pick; signed on June 15.
November 20, 2013: Traded by the San Diego Padres to the New York Yankees for Ben Paullus.
November 20, 2013: Contract purchased by the New York Yankees.
July 3, 2014: Designated for assignment by the New York Yankees.
July 5, 2014: Claimed off waivers from the New York Yankees by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
August 3, 2014: Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates; outrighted to AAA on August 7.