While the Chicago White Sox look to continue trading key assets of their team to fully go into rebuild mode, they already have some homegrown components for the future. One of those key pieces is shortstop Tim Anderson.
The White Sox selected Anderson with the 17th overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft. Anderson has been a highly touted prospect in the Sox system ever since. He finally reached the big leagues midway through the 2016 season, after getting called up from Charlotte where he hit .304. Anderson played in his first major league game on June 10th when the Sox hosted the Kansas City Royals. Anderson impressed many as he went 2-3 in a 7-5 White Sox victory. This was just the beginning of a solid rookie campaign for the young shortstop. Tim Anderson would go on to hit .283 with 9 homeruns and 30 RBI in 99 games. Anderson was flipped around in the batting order throughout the course of the season, spending most games hitting leadoff, 2nd, or 9th. Seemingly a steady piece for the future, Anderson appears set to become the shortstop of the future and make up half of a middle infield including top prospect Yoan Moncada.
With a league full of young, promising shortstops such as Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Dansby Swanson, Xander Bogaerts, and more, Tim Anderson finds himself in elite company. While Tim Anderson should have a solid career manning the middle infield for the Sox, being the top shortstop in the league will be a difficult task for him to reach. A safe bet on Anderson’s potential would be a top 10 shortstop for the majority of his career. Anderson is a piece set in place for quite a promising White Sox future.
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