Top pick Anderson is off to Bristol


CHICAGO -- Less than a week after selecting Tim Anderson in the first round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft, the Chicago White Sox signed the shortstop to a minor-league deal, complete with a $2.164-million bonus.

The 19-year-old sophomore out of East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., will begin his professional career with Advanced Rookie League Bristol of the Appalachian League.

Anderson was named a first-team NJCAA Division II All-American after leading the nation with a .495 (91-for-184) batting average and 62 runs scored. He was second in the nation with 41 steals. He added a .563 on-base percentage and an .864 slugging percentage.

The Alabama native had signed a letter of intent with the University of Alabama Birmingham. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is also a finalist for the NJCAA player of the year award.