A lot of the talk when it comes to the prospects of the Chicago White Sox goes to No. 1 overall prospect Carlos Rodon of the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, but what about the second-ranked prospect in the organization?
Anderson has continued from where he left off from last season in the minors, because in six games thus far in ’15, the shortstop prospect is batting .360 with a .346 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .480. Anderson’s OPS thus far is .826.
It is fair to say Anderson is still on the right track to the majors, maybe as early as next season as current White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez is currently in the final year of his contract, but that’s another discussion for another day.
Today, though, Anderson, who already has a walk-off hit for the Barons this season, has scored three runs in the six games played, with nine hits (one double, one triple). He’s struck out just twice in 25 at-bats, so it’s great to see Anderson has top-notch plate discipline in the very early stages of the season.
Looking back to his numbers last season with the Barons (10 games), Anderson batted .364 with a .364 OBP and .500 slugging percentage. Anderson also has more triples in ’15 in eight games than he did in 10 games with the team last season.
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Anderson played at three levels of the minors in ’14, so maybe this year if he does well enough with the Barons we’ll see him with the Charlotte Knights in Triple-A, but I doubt we’ll see him in the majors when September call-ups arrive unless the White Sox are just completely out of the running for the postseason.
But back to this season for Anderson … he has three games where he’s had no less than two hits, with his best day at the plate being on April 13 at 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
Against right-handed pitchers, Anderson (a right-handed batter) in 23 at-bats is batting .348, and vs. left-handed pitchers, he’s batting .500 in two at-bats.
On April 10, Anderson was 2-for-4 with one run, and on April 12, the leadoff or sometimes No. 2 hitter was 2-for-5 with one RBI.
In five of the six games he’s played in before Friday this season, Anderson has at least one hit, with his lone hitless night being on April 11 where he was 0-for-4.
On the bases, Anderson has stolen three bases, including two on April 10 and one on April 15.
That’s another aspect of Anderson’s game (as a a former first-round pick) that stands out is his ability to run the bases, and thus far this season he’s starting to show that part of his game as well. Counting the three steals this year, Anderson has totaled 37 steals in less than three years of MiLB play.
It is easy to see why Anderson is one of the best prospects in the organization by the way he plays the game.
Anderson is going to be extremely exciting to watch grow on the baseball diamond as he works his way through the minors and eventually to the White Sox starting lineup, because we all know it will happen … it is just a matter of when that happens.