Tim Anderson
Tim Anderson
26-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.
Sitting for Game 1
SSChicago White Sox
September 28, 2019
Anderson is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
He is in the midst of a 13-game hitting streak, slashing .390/.393/.525 with two home runs and one steal over that stretch. Danny Mendick is starting at shortstop and hitting second.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .813 480 71 16 53 13 .309 .332 .481
Since 2017vs Right .709 1250 159 39 123 45 .262 .291 .417
2019vs Left .844 151 28 5 17 4 .326 .351 .493
2019vs Right .874 367 53 13 39 13 .339 .360 .514
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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OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .734 842 110 26 87 29 .272 .300 .434
Since 2017Away .741 888 120 29 89 29 .277 .304 .436
2019Home .835 240 37 9 25 10 .325 .346 .489
2019Away .891 278 44 9 31 7 .345 .367 .524
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Pads batting average lead
SSChicago White Sox
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Anderson went 4-for-5 with two runs scored in Wednesday's 8-3 win over the Indians.
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Hits 18th homer
SSChicago White Sox
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Anderson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and walk during a 5-3 victory against the Tigers on Saturday.
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Collects four hits in loss
SSChicago White Sox
September 18, 2019
Anderson went 4-for-6 with a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's 9-8 extra-innings loss to the Twins.
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Out of lineup
SSChicago White Sox
September 16, 2019
Anderson will sit Monday in Minnesota.
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Day off Sunday
SSChicago White Sox
September 8, 2019
Anderson will sit Sunday against the Angels.
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