The Phillies have signed righthander Matt Anderson to a minor league contract.

Anderson was the No. 1 overall pick by the Detroit Tigers in the 1997 draft. He spent parts of seven years in the big league with the Tigers and Colorado Rockies.

Anderson, 34, has not pitched in the major leagues since 2005, when he appeared in 12 games for the Rockies, and has not pitched professionally since he was in the Chicago White Sox system in 2008 when he made 15 relief appearances for Triple A Charlotte

He will report to minor league camp next month.

Anderson was a phenom coming out of Rice University and his fastball topped 100 mph. He began his minor league career by posting a 0.65 ERA in 30 games with 45 strikeouts in 41 innings, and some say he was rushed through the system to the majors.

In 42 big-league appearances in 1998, he went 5-1 with a 3.27 ERA.

His career was derailed by a shoulder injury in 2002.