Tim Anderson has taken great strides in becoming in more well-rounded player this season. His defense has improved, his aggressiveness on the base paths has been very exciting to watch, his plate discipline is vastly improved and he’s smashing a ton of home runs.
Anderson has already almost doubled his walk total from last season and has almost walked as many times this season as he has walked in his previous two seasons combined. He’s on pace for 45-50 walks, which is incredible considering that the team leader in walks last season was Todd Frazier with 48. And all this has been Anderson trying a different approach at the plate. He could even theoretically draw more walks in the future with the perfection of his newfound skill.
Anderson also has less fielding errors than he had last year at this point of the season. Through May of last season, he had 12 errors. Almost through June this season, he has 12 errors. And he actually has a better dWAR than Javier Baez does, at both SS and 2B. Anderson ranks in the top 10 in MLB put outs, assists, and double plays. The only question mark for Anderson’s game is his batting average which is sitting around .250, which has been climbing since June 14th when it was .229.
For Anderson, a 25 (HR) – 30 (SB) season would be a great accomplishment, coming off an underachieving 2017 season. He currently has 13 HRs on the season (T-most on the team) and is on pace for at least 20 HR. Jose Valentin’s record for most HR by a White Sox shortstop (30 HR) is getting out of reach but Anderson definitely has big-time shortstop power. He’s also sitting on 15 stolen bases, already matching last season’s total. He’s been very aggressive stealing bases so 30 is definitely not out of the question. Anderson could even be a 30-30 threat in the very near future.
Currently: .247 AVG., 13 HR, 15 SB, 23 BB, .746 OPS
Goal: .265-.275 AVG., 25 HR, 30 SB, 50 BB, .750 OPS