There is more fabric than holes in Brett Anderson's earliest baseball memories.

His family was connected by the seams, sewn together by the 108 stitches. The son of a college coach, Anderson has been breathing baseball long before he arrived in Scottsdale, Ariz., as a prominent figure capable of changing the Rockies' fortunes.

"My dad (Frank) was always out recruiting when I was younger. A lot of my day care was provided by baseball," said Anderson, whose father is the pitching coach at the University of Houston. "In elementary school, I would get picked up and taken to the field. They would lock the gate behind me and find me after practice.

"I have been around the game since I could walk, talk and annoy people."

Anderson's basepath journey through life has led him to Denver, where the admitted "baseball nerd" is determined to revive his once-promising career. The Rockies acquired Anderson from the Oakland A's in December in exchange for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and minor-leaguer Chis Jensen. Anderson is the pitcher Pomeranz was supposed to be, a front-line arm albeit at a much bigger salary of $8 million. Anderson, the opening day starter for playoff-bound Oakland last season, relishes the expectations.

"Half the battle is having confidence in yourself. I am confident I can get outs. I feel like I can be one of the better pitchers in the game," said Anderson, 26. "My track record is very good when healthy."

That is the caveat with Anderson and why he was available in a trade: He has been limited to 35 appearances over the past three seasons. He had elbow ligament surgery in 2011 and when he finally regained traction last year, he suffered a stress fracture in his right foot.