Tim Anderson had a great season for the Chicago White Sox in 2020.
The Chicago White Sox sure made a great decision in 2013 when they made Tim Anderson the seventeenth overall pick in the MLB Draft. He took a while to become what he is today and there were a lot of lows but now he is one of the best shortstops in the game of baseball. He was around for the painful part of the rebuild and now he is one of the key pieces of the present and future. He is going to be around for all of the glory years that are about to come.
2019 was his breakout season. He won the batting title with his .335 average so people started to realize how good of a contact hitter he is. He also showed the world that he has a winning attitude and the ability to be a team leader. It was a great season for him in a lot of ways but there was one glaring issue. His defense at shortstop was very poor. He committed a lot of errors on plays that an elite shortstop absolutely needs to make.
He made up for it in 2020, however, as he was one of the best two-way shortstops in the league. This allowed him to be a legit candidate for the American League MVP. He ended up coming in 7th for the award and that just showed how important he is to this team. He had an elite batting average again (.322) and won the Silver Slugger. It was a great way to prove to people that 2019 wasn’t a fluke and that he is going to help the White Sox win for a long time.
2020 Grade: A+
There is no other grade than an A+ for a player like Tim Anderson in 2020. He was one of the ten best players in the American League in 2020 and you can argue that he was the best shortstop in the AL as well. He had great offensive numbers yet again and he was great with his mitt in the field. He is one of the true leaders on the team and will be an A+ player for a long time.
Tim Anderson is trying to become the best shortstop in the league. It is a stretch because there are some good players at the position but he is right there for the best. He is also a major key to this team having sustained success and 2021 will be a big year for that. They believe they can be a World Series team in 2021 and it is in large part to Anderson. He is the face of the team and will be for a long time. It would be nice to see Tim Anderson lead the White Sox back to the playoffs for the second straight year and help them go on a run.