Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Was there a quieter 20-20 season than Anderson’s 2018 campaign? Those in on-base or points leagues may disagree considering his .281 OBP but that’s Anderson in a nutshell: the poster boy for better-in-fantasy-than-reality. Since the White Sox don’t care about Anderson’s plate skills, he’ll continue to be a fantasy asset. To be fair, the 25-year-old doubled his walk rate, to a still-poor 5% while lowering his strikeout rate to a career-best 25%. Oddly, Anderson didn’t run from the top of the order, swiping just two bags in 43 games hitting first or second while garnering 24 in 100 games from sixth to ninth. We’re in a golden age of shortstops where Anderson is largely ignored. If you have a solid batting average foundation, Anderson is a great option to boost counting stats on the cheap, with built-in upside if he continues to improve his approach and contact. His run production should also benefit from a maturing While Sox lineup. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a six-year, $25 million contract extension with the White Sox in March of 2017. Contract includes two team options.
Expects to continue improvement
SSChicago White Sox
February 2, 2019
Anderson is confident he'll build on the success he had in 2018, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
Anderson became a 20-20 hitter in 2018, setting career highs with 20 homers, 26 stolen bases, 28 doubles, 77 runs, and 30 walks. While his .281 on-base percentage suggests more work is needed at the plate, Anderson is pleased with his progression as a hitter. Hidden by his offensive outburst last year, the 25-year-old improved defensively, suggesting he'll remain at shortstop despite speculation he might be moved off that spot. He went from minus-16.3 UZR/150 and minus-8 in DRS in 2017 to plus-0.7 and 0, respectively, in 2018. He worked hard on his defensive deficiencies with bench coach Joe McEwing. Continued improvement in the field means Anderson could stick at shortstop, even if the White Sox add Manny Machado.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
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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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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Sitting out Sunday
SSChicago White Sox
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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Dealing with knee soreness
SSChicago White Sox
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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