The Chicago White Sox shortstop has a great chance of being an all-star this season.
Player #3: Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson is the player who is a most likely first-time all-star from this team. Anderson, in a way, has been all-star before. He was named an “unofficial all-star” in 2020. Unfortunately, this does not count towards an official award so he is included on this list.
Anderson is more than deserving to receive the award, as he has been one of the best players in Chicago over the last two years. While his teammate Jose Abreu won the MVP last year, Tim Anderson had his fair share of MVP recognition as well.
Anderson has been player of the month, batting champion, and won himself the Silver Slugger award in 2020. Making an all-star team in 2021 can happen if he can stay healthy for most of the season. Something else that can help his case is that Fransisco Lindor is now out of the American League.
The AL has its fair share of stud shortstops but Anderson moves closer to the top with Lindor being traded to the Mets. If he can keep up his level of play that he has shown these last few years, an all-star appearance will be given to him. Similar to Eloy Jimenez, Anderson isn’t the best fielder in the world but his bat very much outweighs his fielding issues.