He has been on base routinely since his promotion, but until Thursday afternoon Tim Anderson hadn’t drawn a base on balls.
So when he finally did, in the 86th plate appearance of his career, the White Sox rookie’s teammates had fun with the occasion.
Anderson did, too. He reached base four times in five trips on Thursday as the White Sox clinched their third consecutive series win with a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.
"(Todd) Frazier was like 'We got the bat, we got the pitcher, we got the umpire, we got everything,'" Anderson said of the reaction in the dugout. "It was pretty funny."
It’s hard to find fault in anything Anderson has done since the White Sox promoted him from Triple-A Charlotte earlier this month. Thursday marked the 10th multi-hit game in 19 career contests for Anderson, who was rated the No. 1 prospect in the system headed into the season by BaseballAmerica.com. He has impacted the team with his speed, his defense has been sound and he carried a .293 batting average into Thursday’s game. He also has provided more pop than expected as 10 of his first 24 hits went for extra bases.
But the fact that Anderson — who always has been an aggressive hitter — hadn’t yet walked begun to garner him attention. People tend to notice when a player’s batting average and on-base percentage are exactly the same, especially after 80-plus at-bats.
Anderson took it all in stride and earlier in the week promised his first walk was coming.
Two days later, he delivered and sauntered down to first base after he walked on five pitches against Twins starter Tommy Milone in the fourth inning. After he got to the base, Anderson nodded his head and double-pumped both fists at J.B. Shuck, who was standing on second.
"I was pretty pumped about," Anderson said. "A very exciting moment for me. It was kind of like when I got my first hit. It was fun."
He nearly matched the moment during an eighth-inning at-bat. Only two trips later, Anderson worked a full count against Fernando Abad before he took a 3-2 curveball for a called-third strike.
"I thought it was up a little bit," Anderson said with a smile before laughing. "I thought it was for sure going to be another walk. He kind of let me down.
"(The calls) will come as I get my time. Give me a little more respect."
🚶🏽-Now Walk it Out 😂😂👏🏾— Tim Anderson Jr. (@TimAnderson7) June 30, 2016