Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson
25-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Was there a quieter 20-20 season than Anderson’s 2018 campaign? Those in on-base or points leagues may disagree considering his .281 OBP but that’s Anderson in a nutshell: the poster boy for better-in-fantasy-than-reality. Since the White Sox don’t care about Anderson’s plate skills, he’ll continue to be a fantasy asset. To be fair, the 25-year-old doubled his walk rate, to a still-poor 5% while lowering his strikeout rate to a career-best 25%. Oddly, Anderson didn’t run from the top of the order, swiping just two bags in 43 games hitting first or second while garnering 24 in 100 games from sixth to ninth. We’re in a golden age of shortstops where Anderson is largely ignored. If you have a solid batting average foundation, Anderson is a great option to boost counting stats on the cheap, with built-in upside if he continues to improve his approach and contact. His run production should also benefit from a maturing While Sox lineup. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a six-year, $25 million contract extension with the White Sox in March of 2017. Contract includes two team options.
Leads MLB in batting
SSChicago White Sox
April 16, 2019
Anderson went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Monday's 5-4 win over the Royals.
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Anderson, who has hit safely in 12 of 13 games, raised his average to an MLB-high .453 with his three knocks Monday. He's still the free-swinger he's always been, but Anderson is making more contact in 2019.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .809 346 48 11 38 11 .310 .330 .479
Since 2017vs Right .659 924 112 29 92 36 .237 .269 .390
2019vs Left 1.000 17 5 0 2 2 .471 .471 .529
2019vs Right 1.090 41 6 3 8 4 .400 .415 .675
2018vs Left .788 166 23 7 17 2 .282 .313 .474
2018vs Right .649 440 54 13 47 24 .224 .269 .380
2017vs Left .811 163 20 4 19 7 .321 .333 .478
2017vs Right .629 443 52 13 37 8 .234 .256 .374
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+102%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .729 636 82 19 67 23 .267 .297 .432
Since 2017Away .672 634 78 21 63 24 .246 .275 .397
2019Home 1.347 34 9 2 5 4 .545 .559 .788
2019Away .667 24 2 1 5 2 .250 .250 .417
2018Home .735 305 37 10 30 12 .257 .294 .441
2018Away .638 301 40 10 34 14 .222 .269 .369
2017Home .653 297 36 7 32 7 .246 .270 .382
2017Away .703 309 36 10 24 8 .268 .282 .421
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Stat Review
How does Tim Anderson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.08
 
BB Rate
1.7%
 
K Rate
20.7%
 
BABIP
.500
 
ISO
.211
 
AVG
.421
 
OBP
.431
 
SLG
.632
 
OPS
1.063
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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While his approach didn't get any better in his sophomore season, Anderson chipped in across the board for fantasy owners; he was one of 28 players to go 15-15. His 0.08 K/BB was the worst among qualified hitters, and his strikeout and walk rates only got worse over the final two months, but Anderson used his speed to beat out infield hits (10.4 infield hit percentage) and he was good enough against lefties (.321/.333/.478) to post a stomachable overall batting average. Anderson's below-average 28 percent flyball rate and 28.3 percent hard-hit rate don't portend a step forward in terms of power, but he should at least get to double digits again while playing every day for the White Sox. Further, Anderson could run more from start to finish after going 10-for-11 on the basepaths in the second half.
Anderson took over the starting shortstop job last year and looks to be the long-term solution at the position. Chicago promoted Anderson after just 55 games in Triple-A when he was hitting .304 in 256 plate appearances. Anderson's track record throughout the minors has been one of few walks and a below-average strikeout rate, and that continued at the big league level as he walked once for every nine times he struck out. However, he also hit for surprising power, matching his home run output (nine) from his previous 180 minor league contests. He was able to steal 10 bases despite a low on-base percentage. The speed will help his batting average and he has consistently made quality contact throughout the minors. His BABIP has yet to be below .369 in any stop of the minors where he spent longer than two weeks.
The White Sox expedited the process of transitioning to Anderson as the club’s everyday shortstop when they declined to pick up Alexei Ramirez’s option this offseason. While Anderson is probably not quite ready for the big leagues, he may be the best internal option despite never playing above Double-A. The 17th overall pick in 2013, he slashed .312/.350/.429 with five home runs and 49 steals (on 62 attempts) in 125 games with Double-A Birmingham. An athletic toolshed, Anderson’s only flaw on offense has been his inability to take walks, although he made minor strides in that department in 2015, going from a 2.5% walk rate in 2014 to a 4.4% walk rate last year. For a player with his profile, he does a good enough job making contact, as he has kept his K-rates below 23 percent at High-A and Double-A. There is the potential for more power as he continues to mature, meaning he could offer Jose Reyes-esque production in his prime years.
Anderson is one of the more interesting position players in a budding White Sox minor league system. He was playing at Double-A Birmingham one year after the White Sox drafted him in the first round of the 2013 draft, but a fractured wrist ate six weeks of his season. Anderson showed no ill effects from the fracture, hitting .364 at Birmingham after his return, but the 21-year-old still needs to learn how to take a walk. A plus athlete who could be an efficient baserunner in the majors, Anderson figures to spend much, if not all, of the 2015 season in the minors, with a major league arrival likely in 2016.
The White Sox bucked a trend of selecting athletic outfielders with their top draft pick by selecting Anderson, an athletic shortstop, as their first pick in the 2013 amateur draft. His speed was his top skill coming into professional baseball, and he subsequently stole 24 bases in 28 attempts for Low-A Kannapolis. The strikeouts will need to come down as he moves up the system (26 percent strikeout rate in his first 300 plate appearances), but the tools are there to keep him in the middle infield. He is easily a top-five prospect in a thin organization, and his showing in 2014 will likely dictate his major league ETA. 
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Responsible for key blow
SSChicago White Sox
April 14, 2019
Anderson went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Sunday's win over the Yankees.
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Steals fourth bag
SSChicago White Sox
April 10, 2019
Anderson went 2-for-4 with a stolen base in Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Rays.
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Extends hitting streak
SSChicago White Sox
April 9, 2019
Anderson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's 10-5 loss to the Rays.
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Hitting fifth vs. righty
SSChicago White Sox
April 9, 2019
Anderson will start at shortstop and hit fifth Tuesday against the Rays, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Launches first homer of 2019
SSChicago White Sox
April 5, 2019
Anderson went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI, a walk and four runs scored Friday against Seattle.
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