The Chicago White Sox ushered in a prime piece of both their present and future in 2016 by promoting speedy former 2013 first round pick (17th overall) Tim Anderson. While there were some expected cold spells, the young shortstop was very impressive as a rookie by hitting 9 home runs, stealing 10 bases, and batting .283 in 431 at-bats. In fact it was quite disappointing that Anderson didn’t run nearly as much as expected but keep in mind this is a guy who swiped 49 bags ay Double-A as recently as 2015. We do fully expect Anderson to run much more frequently this season and a push toward 25 steals would not be a shock. Anderson does have to do much better on the strikeout front as his 27.1 K/9 rate would have been disastrous to the average if a very lucky .375 BABIP didn’t go along for the ride. He also needs to show much better patience as Anderson’s 3.0 BB/9 was pathetic and again will threaten the batting average. With burgeoning power that is starting to show, there are still a bunch of tools to work with here. Just don’t be surprised if Anderson’s average jogs back to mediocre territory this season.
2017 PROJECTION: .266 12 HR 45 RBI 65 R 19 SB