Many players stepped forward during the Milwaukee Brewers’ surprising 2017 season but none more so than right-hander Chase Anderson, who became a key member of the starting rotation.

The Brewers rewarded Anderson for that performance Thursday by giving him a two-year contract extension with club options for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports is reporting the deal is worth $11.75 million for the two guaranteed years.

"Signing Chase to a multi-year contract furthers our strategy to acquire, develop and retain talent throughout our organization," general manager David Stearns said. "Chase's 2017 performance elevated his stature in the game and demonstrated that he has the capability to lead a rotation.

"Since he arrived in Milwaukee, Chase has been a model contributor to our community, both on and off the field. We are happy for him and his family and look forward to Chase's contributions for years to come."

Anderson had a breakthrough 2017 season, going 12-4 with a 2.71 earned run average in 25 starts. His ERA would have ranked fourth in the National League had he been a qualifying pitcher but Anderson missed nearly six weeks with an oblique injury.

That injury, suffered while hitting in a game in Cincinnati, was the only real adversity Anderson faced. He lowered his walk rate from 3.1 per nine innings in 2016 to 2.6 and his home run rate from 1.7 to 0.9, while raising his strikeout rate from 7.1 to 8.5. His 133 strikeouts and 1.090 WHIP were career bests.