White Sox: Tim Anderson Having Better Start Offensively Than 2017

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 11: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Tampa Bay Raysat Guaranteed Rate Field on April 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Rays 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 11: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Tampa Bay Raysat Guaranteed Rate Field on April 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox defeated the Rays 2-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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White Sox shortstop having a better start offensively to this season than he did in 2017. Strikeouts are down while walks and stolen bases are up.

Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson hit two home runs in the team’s 8-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night. This was the second time that Anderson hit two home runs in a single game this season.

Through 32 games played this season, Anderson is hitting .261 with six home runs and nine RBIs. Although a .261 batting average isn’t high, its better than where Anderson was at this same time last season.

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Anderson didn’t have a good start to his 2017 season as it would be later discovered that he was dealing with some personal trauma in regards to the death of his best friend. The 24-year-old was hitting just .235 entering play on May 6, 2017. He also had 29 strikeouts and just three walks at that point to go along with only two home runs.

Fast forward to Sunday, and Anderson not only is hitting for a higher average, but he also has fewer strikeouts at 26 and more walks at eight. Anderson also has ten stolen bases currently. Last season, Anderson had just two stolen bases through his first 26 games. Before the start of this season, Anderson’s goal was to get more stolen bases and he’s doing a good job of achieving his goal.

While some Sox fans are primarily focused on wins and losses for this team, there are others who are focused on individual performances of key players in the team’s current rebuild. Anderson is one of those players that will be part of future of this team. His impressive start to this season is encouraging for many fans to see.

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Anderson still has more to work on as the season progresses. One of the areas he needs to improve upon is his defense as a shortstop. Last season, Anderson had 28 errors and this season he has six errors. If Anderson is going to become a star player for the Sox, he will need to be solid offensively and defensively. Anderson has youth on his side and if he can realize his potential moving forward, it will bode well for the Sox.