On the strength of some tremendous stolen base campaigns while in the minor leagues, Chicago White Sox shortstop prospect Tim Anderson caught quite a bit of sleeper attention when it came to 2017 fantasy baseball drafts. So then it would stand to reason that instead of steals, Anderson's biggest offensive contribution in 2017 would be the 17 home runs he hit in 606 at-bats. While Anderson did swipe 15 bags, the power was a pleasant surprise and changes the outlook a bit going forward in terms of possible fantasy baseball impact. We firmly believe Anderson will get his stolen base timing down and see an uptick in that category for 2018 and if the power holds, we are now talking about a 20/20 possibility. There are some negatives that Anderson does have to get a hold of; with the biggest being a high-K/low-walk problem that will make the batting average very dicey unless improvements are made. We saw this in spades last season as Anderson’s 2.1 BB/9 was one of the all-time lowest marks for a hitter who received over 600 at-bats and the 26.7 K/9 was pretty miserable as well. Hence the .257 average Anderson put forth was no surprise given the ugly advanced rates he carried around. Be that as it may, Anderson should be on sleeper lists again this spring given the power/speed game that is quite rare at the shortstop position and any gains in average will make him that much more valuable.
2018 PROJECTION: .263 19 HR 66 RBI 78 R 22 SB