Chicago White Sox: Tim Anderson

SS Anderson among 7 going to AFL

August, 26, 2014
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox had seven players in their minor league system assigned to the Arizona Fall League’s Glendale Desert Dogs for the upcoming season.

At No. 85 in the mlb.com rankings, shortstop Tim Anderson is the highest ranked White Sox player headed to the AFL. Other players on the team are pitchers Chris Bassitt, Francellis Montas, Jefferson Olacio and Scott Snodgress, catcher Kevan Smith and infielder Rangel Ravelo.

Anderson and Montas have both worked through injuries this season.

“They both missed time, so it's good to get them additional reps, especially Montas, who had two setbacks -- one with each knee -- but is now, knock-on-wood, healthy,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “But it's also about challenging them with a little bit of a higher level.

“Obviously, the level of play in the fall league over the years has been really prospect-laden and a good test for guys in their development, and we feel that both those guys are ready for it from a performance standpoint. They also happen to have missed a little developmental time, so they're a perfect fit for that.”

Top pick Anderson is off to Bristol

June, 12, 2013
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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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.

Sox hope they drafted a game-changer

June, 6, 2013
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox are going back to the future in their pursuit of impact players. With the 17th pick in the draft, the Sox took Tim Anderson, a junior college shortstop out of Decatur, Miss. Anderson was rated the second-best shortstop available in this year's draft by Baseball America.

Now that baseball has tried to move past the steroid era, teams are looking for more athletic players with speed for the future. Anderson was not necessarily the Sox's first choice. J.R Crawford, a California high school shortstop, was picked by the Phillies one slot ahead of Chicago.

Anderson will most likely start his career as a shortstop but the Sox hope his real position will be that of a run producer. One scout said Anderson has the raw speed to develop into an impact player if he continues to progress as he has over the past season.

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Rapid Reaction: Sox draft SS Anderson

June, 6, 2013
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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Tim AndersonCourtesy of Chicago White SoxWhite Sox first-round pick Tim Anderson poses with Frank Thomas at the MLB draft on Thursday.
CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago White Sox's first-round selection, No. 17 overall, in the Major League Baseball amateur draft on Thursday night:

The pick: Tim Anderson, shortstop, East Central Community College (MS)

His stats: Anderson was a first-team NJCAA Division II All-American this past season when he led the nation with a .495 batting average and 62 runs scored. He was also second in steals with 41. He didn't just rely on his speed, though, hitting 10 home runs with 11 triples and 18 doubles, which were good for an .864 slugging percentage.

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His background: A basketball player who gravitated toward baseball after a broken leg, Anderson blossomed quickly. He has been blossoming so quickly this season that the White Sox feared he wouldn't be available when they picked at No. 17. He hit three home runs in one game this season and then hit three triples in another. The 19-year-old, who is a finalist for the NJCAA Division II player of the year award, is a right-handed hitter and thrower.

The White Sox's take: "He was a (Division I) basketball candidate," White Sox director of amateur scouting Doug Laumann said. "He had a leg injury his senior year, was kind of talked into playing baseball and then started playing and just has elevated his game last summer. Last summer he played in the college summer league. He had a great year and then of course started to garner all the attention that he did this year. Again, just had a phenomenal season and is a very, very athletic kid that we think is skilled enough to play in the middle of the infield."

ESPN draft guru Keith Law's take: Anderson is one of the few shortstop prospects in this draft who might remain a shortstop in pro ball, with a chance for several plus tools but less polish than you'd like to see in a possible first-rounder. He has a very quick but mostly flat swing, with virtually no load and just some late hip rotation, so he can slap the ball all over but isn't well set up to drive it in any direction. He drifts a little on to his front foot as well, although if he were more rotational that wouldn't be a major obstacle to hitting for at least more doubles power. He's a well above-average runner with quick feet out at shortstop but isn't certain to stay there, as his arm is a little weak for the left side of the infield, and he'll need help with footwork and quickening his transfer.

What it means: The White Sox continued their trend of not only picking position players in the first round, but position players who have speed and overall athleticism. Anderson is an above-average runner with good range and a strong arm. He can hit to all fields and the White Sox believe his that athleticism can translate into even more power, enough so that some in the organization believe he has the chance to be a No. 3 hitter one day. The obvious route is that he develops as a leadoff type.

Who would Anderson say he compares to?

"I say Jose Reyes," he said. "I think we have the same tool package. I'm tough to beat if I'm giving it my all every play."

Anderson knows his limitations, but doesn't seem worried about them.

"I'm not a power guy, but a gap-to-gap guy with potential to have a lot of power as I get stronger," Anderson said. "I don't swing and miss a whole lot."

The White Sox have now drafted position players in each of the past three drafts with Anderson, Courtney Hawkins (2012) and Keenyn Walker (2011), and all three possess above-average athleticism.

"We feel like guys who are athletes have chances to get better," Laumann said. "He certainly is one of those types of kids. Hit .430 something in junior college as a freshman and right close to .490 this year, stolen bases 42-of-43, and he's a game-changing player when he gets on base."

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