White Sox shortstop continues second half resurgence, riding a 12-game hitting streak. Positive momentum to end season good for second year player.
Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has had an impressive turnaround in the second half. The 23-year-old 2013 first round draft pick has improved at the plate since having a slow start to this season. With the team playing its final 10 games, Anderson has a chance to end 2017 on a positive note.
Anderson hit his 17th home run of 2017 on Thursday in the Sox 3-1 win over the American League West Champion Houston Astros. Anderson is currently riding a 12-game hitting streak and he’s having his best month at the plate for the Sox in September.
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After starting the season with a lowly batting average of .204 at the end of April, Anderson has seen his batting average climb to .263. In September, Anderson is hitting .397/.405/.697 with three home runs and an 1.008 OPS. He’s has hit five doubles and one triple so far in the final month of the season.
Anderson also has nine multi-hit games in September, including a four-hit effort against the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 16. Last month, Anderson ended August hitting .259/.272/.500. August was the beginning of Anderson’s resurgence at the plate. Anderson hit five home runs in August and has hit eight overall home runs in the second half.
The Sox will rely on Anderson to be an important player in the team’s rebuild over the next few seasons. Although he got off to a poor start this season, Anderson is doing his best to finish 2017 with positive momentum towards 2018. There’s still plenty of room for improvement for the young shortstop and Anderson could very well become a star on the South Side in the future.