Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Chicago White Sox
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 1/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
While his approach didn't get any better in his sophomore season, Anderson chipped in across the board for fantasy owners; he was one of 28 players to go 15-15. His 0.08 K/BB was the worst among qualified hitters, and his strikeout and walk rates only got worse over the final two months, but Anderson used his speed to beat out infield hits (10.4 infield hit percentage) and he was good enough against lefties (.321/.333/.478) to post a stomachable overall batting average. Anderson's below-average 28 percent flyball rate and 28.3 percent hard-hit rate don't portend a step forward in terms of power, but he should at least get to double digits again while playing every day for the White Sox. Further, Anderson could run more from start to finish after going 10-for-11 on the basepaths in the second half. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $25 million contract extension with the White Sox in March of 2017. Contract includes two team options.
Sitting out Sunday
SSChicago White Sox
Knee
September 30, 2018
Anderson (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Anderson experienced knee soreness during Saturday's 8-3 loss, so it's no surprise he'll take a seat in the season finale in order to avoid a setback heading into the winter. Leury Garcia will fill in at shortstop for Anderson, who took a step forward as a fantasy asset this season with 20 home runs and 26 steals across 153 games. The 25-year-old was less productive in real-life terms, however, most notably reflected in his .281 on-base percentage.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .799 424 53 13 43 9 .307 .327 .472
Since 2016vs Right .661 1219 153 33 107 42 .240 .272 .390
2018vs Left .788 166 23 7 17 2 .282 .313 .474
2018vs Right .649 440 54 13 47 24 .224 .269 .380
2017vs Left .811 163 20 4 19 7 .321 .333 .478
2017vs Right .629 443 52 13 37 8 .234 .256 .374
2016vs Left .797 95 10 2 7 0 .326 .340 .457
2016vs Right .721 336 47 7 23 10 .270 .296 .425
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+27%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .728 829 106 22 82 26 .269 .296 .432
Since 2016Away .666 814 100 24 68 25 .246 .276 .390
2018Home .735 305 37 10 30 12 .257 .294 .441
2018Away .638 301 40 10 34 14 .222 .269 .369
2017Home .653 297 36 7 32 7 .246 .270 .382
2017Away .703 309 36 10 24 8 .268 .282 .421
2016Home .819 227 33 5 20 7 .315 .333 .486
2016Away .647 204 24 4 10 3 .247 .276 .371
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How does Tim Anderson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.20
 
BB Rate
5.0%
 
K Rate
24.6%
 
BABIP
.289
 
ISO
.166
 
AVG
.240
 
OBP
.281
 
SLG
.406
 
OPS
.687
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Anderson took over the starting shortstop job last year and looks to be the long-term solution at the position. Chicago promoted Anderson after just 55 games in Triple-A when he was hitting .304 in 256 plate appearances. Anderson's track record throughout the minors has been one of few walks and a below-average strikeout rate, and that continued at the big league level as he walked once for every nine times he struck out. However, he also hit for surprising power, matching his home run output (nine) from his previous 180 minor league contests. He was able to steal 10 bases despite a low on-base percentage. The speed will help his batting average and he has consistently made quality contact throughout the minors. His BABIP has yet to be below .369 in any stop of the minors where he spent longer than two weeks.
The White Sox expedited the process of transitioning to Anderson as the club’s everyday shortstop when they declined to pick up Alexei Ramirez’s option this offseason. While Anderson is probably not quite ready for the big leagues, he may be the best internal option despite never playing above Double-A. The 17th overall pick in 2013, he slashed .312/.350/.429 with five home runs and 49 steals (on 62 attempts) in 125 games with Double-A Birmingham. An athletic toolshed, Anderson’s only flaw on offense has been his inability to take walks, although he made minor strides in that department in 2015, going from a 2.5% walk rate in 2014 to a 4.4% walk rate last year. For a player with his profile, he does a good enough job making contact, as he has kept his K-rates below 23 percent at High-A and Double-A. There is the potential for more power as he continues to mature, meaning he could offer Jose Reyes-esque production in his prime years.
Anderson is one of the more interesting position players in a budding White Sox minor league system. He was playing at Double-A Birmingham one year after the White Sox drafted him in the first round of the 2013 draft, but a fractured wrist ate six weeks of his season. Anderson showed no ill effects from the fracture, hitting .364 at Birmingham after his return, but the 21-year-old still needs to learn how to take a walk. A plus athlete who could be an efficient baserunner in the majors, Anderson figures to spend much, if not all, of the 2015 season in the minors, with a major league arrival likely in 2016.
The White Sox bucked a trend of selecting athletic outfielders with their top draft pick by selecting Anderson, an athletic shortstop, as their first pick in the 2013 amateur draft. His speed was his top skill coming into professional baseball, and he subsequently stole 24 bases in 28 attempts for Low-A Kannapolis. The strikeouts will need to come down as he moves up the system (26 percent strikeout rate in his first 300 plate appearances), but the tools are there to keep him in the middle infield. He is easily a top-five prospect in a thin organization, and his showing in 2014 will likely dictate his major league ETA. 
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Dealing with knee soreness
SSChicago White Sox
Knee
September 29, 2018
Anderson is dealing with knee soreness and was removed from Saturday's game by manager Rick Renteria due to the game's cold weather, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Gets breather for nightcap
SSChicago White Sox
September 28, 2018
Anderson is out of the lineup for the second game of Friday's twin bill against the Twins, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Not starting Tuesday
SSChicago White Sox
September 25, 2018
Anderson is on the bench Tuesday against Cleveland, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Joins 20-20 club
SSChicago White Sox
September 23, 2018
Anderson went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Cubs.
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Out of lineup Sunday
SSChicago White Sox
September 16, 2018
Anderson will hit the bench Sunday against the Orioles.
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