May 21, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; A baseball sits on the field before the Pittsburgh Pirates host the Baltimore Orioles at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
With the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft around the corner (June 5) Southside Showdown will take a look back at some of the top selections made by the Chicago White Sox the past 10 years and see how they are faring in the game of baseball.
The first player we are going to take a look at is Tim Anderson, the first round selection of the 2013 draft by the White Sox, as he was the 17th overall selection.
Anderson is currently playing for the Winston-Salem Dash, the White Sox Class-A Advanced team which plays in the Carolina League.
Anderson, a shortstop, is currently batting .279 with 12 RBIs and has collected eight steals (caught stealing three times) in 42 games with the Dash this season.
In 172 at-bats, the first-round selection of ’13 has scored 27 runs, while totaling 48 hits. Of those 48 hits, eight have went for doubles, six were triples and he’s hit two home runs, including one on May 29, a game where he went 3-for-5.
In that May 29 game, the Winston-Salem Journal reported about how Anderson was involved in two bench clearing altercations. Here is how the second one was described:
"“In the top of the ninth, the benches cleared again after Anderson took exception when (Stephen) Perez slid hard into second trying to break up a double play. Anderson and Perez went jaw-to-jaw, but no punches were thrown.”"
Anderson is averaging around one strikeout a game, with 43 on the season. In those games he has an on-base percentage of .309 with a .430 slugging percent. His OPS is .740.
This season, against left-handed pitching, Anderson (who bats right-handed) has average of .362, and against RHP his average drops to .248.
With the bases empty Anderson has a .309 average, but with runners on he is 14-for-62 (.226). With those runners in scoring position, Anderson is 11-for-40 (.275).
Last season, with Kannapolis, Anderson batted .277 (68 games) with a .348 OBP.