If he continues to put together weeks similar to the last, Triple-A shortstop Tim Anderson should reach the majors this season.
As it is, general manager Rick Hahn said in spring training he wouldn’t be surprised if Anderson, the team’s top prospect according to Baseball America, contributed to the big league club this season. However, Hahn also stressed patience with Anderson, 22, who is in his third full professional season, given how inexperienced he was when they drafted him out of community college in 2013.
Staying patient could be hard for the White Sox if Anderson -- named the International League batter of the week Monday after he .432 with three home runs and six RBIs in eight games -- continues to perform like this.
“He certainly has the ability and the raw talent,” Hahn said. “At the same time, when we drafted this kid out of a junior college only a couple years removed from playing basketball primarily as opposed to baseball, we felt that he was going to be a level-to-level guy and spend if not a full season, close to a full season at each level. If we were to stick with that original plan then he's slated for Charlotte this year. The good ones have a way of forcing that timeframe up a little bit and Tim's certainly in our opinion is one of the good ones. So we'll see what happens.”
Much like most of the Knights’ offense, Anderson got out to a slow start at Charlotte. His OPS currently stands at .672 even after a fantastic week in which he scored 12 runs, had five multi-hit games and homered in three straight games.
Anderson has a .761 career OPS, with 99 extra-base hits and 91 steals in 1,365 professional plate appearances. He spent all of the 2013 season at Single-A Kannapolis and the majority of 2014 at Single-A Winston-Salem. He received a late promotion in 2014 to Double-A Birmingham and stayed there for all of the 2015 season.