GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Anderson didn’t have a bunch of opportunities this spring to show the White Sox how far he has come. But the White Sox prospect made the most of his limited chances.
The team’s top prospect, according to baseballamerica.com, was one of three players reassigned to minor-league camp on Thursday. In the second big league camp of his career, Anderson hit .286/.267/.571 in 14 at-bats with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs. Pitchers Matt Purke and Matt Lollis were also reassigned to minor-league camp, which leaves 37 players in big league camp.
“It’s been big for him to come up here,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “I think Jimmy (Rollins has) been a pretty good influence on him, and for him to be able to be around him and to really slow down the game. I think when you’re younger you see the game in a certain way, but you want to do everything fast to show everybody how fast you can do stuff. Jimmy has a really good internal clock of being able to slow down the game. I think in talking to him today, that’s the biggest thing that Timmy’s got. Offensively he’s a talent. He’s a very aggressive swinger. He can put the barrel on it very often and hard. I think the biggest thing for me seeing him in the last couple years is, defensively, he just looks so much better and confident and slows the game down a lot.”
All along the hope has been that the team would be in a position to give Anderson, a first-round pick out of community college in 2013, more time to develop. The White Sox would like for Anderson to continue to refine his defense and his approach. They figure a little more seasoning won’t hurt.
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That plan got a boost when the White Sox added Rollins late last month. Anderson could clearly force the issue and play his way on to the big league roster by the summer if he gets off to a great start. But the team is also in a position where it likely wouldn’t have to rush Anderson, either.
“Just continue to improve,” Ventura said. “I think he’ll understand the game better. I think for him, it’s just continuing to grow. He hasn’t had a ton of baseball experience and this is the time you get to do it. We don’t necessarily get to see him do it. From here on out its up to him to be able to do that, gain valuable experience.
“It’s good competition to be able to slow it down.”