Chicago White Sox: Tim Anderson completes amazing season
Tim Anderson completed his incredible 2019 season on Sunday with the major league batting title in what was the best year of his career so far.
Entering the 2019 season, the Chicago White Sox organization and fanbase were pretty disappointed by their once top prospect shortstop, Tim Anderson.
Prior to this year, Anderson had hit .249/.279/.404 to give himself an 84 OPS+ over his first three seasons in the league.
Well, the shortstop finally delivered on the promise that the White Sox had been waiting four years to see.
Over the course of the season, Anderson led all of MLB in average hitting .335/.357/.508 with 18 homers and 56 RBI to give himself a 130 OPS+ and 3.6 fWAR.
So after being worth a combined 4.2 fWAR over his first three seasons, his career number in that category nearly doubled.
Furthermore, he eclipsed his previous career-high in doubles in 2019 by recording 32 on the year, while he was on pace to also surpass his career-highs in homers and RBI.
In 24 fewer games, he managed to also have more total bases (253) than he did in even his best season in that category before that which was in 2017 (236).
Whatever the case, it’s clear that Anderson has become one of the best shortstops in the league and at just the right time for the organization.
As they get ready to start a critical offseason, it’s amazing to know that they clearly have their shortstop of the future on hand.
The 2018 version of Anderson would have left a huge question mark around the position long-term, but it is clear as day that Anderson is their guy now.
On the defensive side of things, the team would definitely like to see improvement from him with -9 DRS and -8.6 UZR.
That being said, there is no question that Tim Anderson is part of the White Sox core going forward and he established himself as one of the best shortstops in the league in 2019.