More On The White Sox: Tim Anderson
Today at MLBPipeline.com, we’re blanketing you with White Sox coverage. We have a new Top 20 Prospects list, my Cactus League camp report from Glendale and Bernie Pleskoff’s crystal-ball projections for Chicago’s 2016 lineup.
I’m using my blog to provide extra content that didn’t fit into my camp reports, and for today’s installment I have . . .
Three questions with Tim Anderson
Anderson went undrafted out of Hillcrest (Ala.) High, where he was better known as a point guard who led his team to the 2011 6-A state basketball title, and after his first season at East Central (Miss.) CC. But after he led all Division II juco players in batting (.495) and on-base percentage (.568) last spring, the White Sox drafted him 17th overall and signed him for $2,164,000.
MLBPipeline.com: What was it like going from being undrafted for two years to the 17th overall pick?
Anderson: In high school, I signed with East Central because they were the only school that recruited me. There were no scouts, not really. I kind of communicated with an area scout with the Royals that I had my mind made up to go to school. I had no idea that this would happen. Going into my sophomore year, I didn’t think I get as much attention as I did.
MLBPipeline.com: You went straight to low Class A after signing and hit .277 with 24 steals in 68 games. How was the transition from junior college to pro ball?
Anderson: In my first season, I felt I did really good. I can cut down on my strikeouts and improve my pitch selection. I had a good instructional league and I think I’m getting better. It’s a big difference seeing 90-plus mph fastballs every day. I think I’ve been doing a really good job on the basepaths, but I can do a lot more with reading pitchers and learning catchers and being smart out there.
MLBPipeline.com: What area of your game needs the most improvement right now?
Anderson: I’ve been working a lot on my defense. There are so many rumors saying I can’t stay on the infield and I want to show them I can. It motivates me to show them I can play shortstop. I’ve been a shortstop my whole life, except for my junior year in high school.