Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson swing mechanics - slow-mo video capture (Will Siskel / Future Sox)

Tim Anderson swing mechanics - slow-mo video capture (Will Siskel / Future Sox)

Position: SS
Born: 6/23/93
Ht: 6'1" Wt: 180 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Drafted 1st Round in 2013 out of East Central CC (MS) (17th overall)
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #2 - 2013 Midseason
  • #5 - 2014 Preseason
  • #2 - 2014 Midseason
  • #2 - 2015 Preseason
  • #2 - 2015 Midseason
  • #1 - 2016 Preseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • 2014 Carolina League All-Star Game
  • 2014 AFL Appearance
  • #38 Prospect in MLB, 2014 Midseason (Baseball Prospectus)
  • #82 Prospect in MLB, 2014 Midseason (MLB.com)
  • #39 Prospect in MLB, 2015 Preseason (Baseball Prospectus)
  • #76 Prospect in MLB, 2015 Preseason (MLB.com)
  • #92 Prospect in MLB, 2015 Preseason (Baseball America)
  • 2015 Southern League All Star
  • #22 Prospect in MLB, 2015 Midseason (Baseball Prospectus)
  • #42 Prospect in MLB, 2015 Midseason (Baseball America)
  • 2015 Southern League Best Baserunner (Baseball America)
  • 2015 8th best prospect in the Southern League, per Baseball America
  • #19 Prospect in MLB, 2016 Preseason (Baseball Prospectus)
  • #47 Prospect in MLB, 2016 Preseason (MLB.com)
  • #45 Prospect in MLB, 2016 Preseason (Baseball America)

Scouting report
Anderson joined a recent line of extremely athletic position players taken early in the draft by the White Sox. Anderson came out of nowhere his draft year, but he didn't focus solely on baseball until college after playing basketball throughout high school. He didn't even have any Division I offers out of high school. Anderson's pro debut at Kannapolis showed little power and he struck out in 25.9% of his plate appearances, but he more or less held his own in a tough first assignment. In 2014, his first full pro season, he had a solid .297/.323/.472 line at High-A Winston-Salem before losing significant time to a fractured right wrist. He hit over .300 in a brief AA stint and showed some hitting ability in the AFL, despite his rawness. In 2015 at AA Birmingham (yet another aggressive assignment), Anderson took the jump in stride and posted very encouraging numbers: .312/.350/.429, with 49 steals in 62 tries, as a 21/22-year old. He also further lowered his strikeout rate to 20.7%, and nearly doubled his walk rate... to 4.4%.

Anderson has oodles of athleticism and speed, a pretty strong arm and very quick hands at the plate. Power is mostly projection at this point, and scouts and analysts differ on whether or not the long ball will be a significant part of his game. There are two big questions, the answers to which will likely dictate his future level of success. First, his selectivity at the plate leaves something to be desired. His ability to hit so far has been in part because he's so quick with the bat, that it makes up for mistakes - which may not be sustainable. He didn't draw a walk until his 15th game of this past season, though he did increase his walk total each month. The other open question is defense - and there are encouraging signs here, as his glove and footwork both improved noticeably in 2015. The number of scouts and analysts who predict a need to move off shortstop are now in the minority, as opposed to the other way around. Anderson theoretically had a shot at the starting job in Chicago to start 2016, but it was a very long shot and he's in Charlotte as expected. AAA will be an ideal test for him, facing pitchers with more experience and refinement that will force him to be more choosy at the plate.

Major League Outlook: AVG and speed-reliant starting shortstop
ETA: Late 2016

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