By Rodger M. Wood
I photographed another 2013 1st Round Pick, my fourth top pick this season, playing shortstop for Kannapolis at Hagerstown, MD Sunday.
The 19-year old East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi, Tim Anderson was drafted by the Chicago White Sox 17th overall in the June amateur draft and is getting his first professional exposure at full season Low A SALLY League Intimidators this season.
Noted for his speed in junior college, he was second in the nation in college with 41 SB, Anderson is playing a deep shortstop and already stealing a few bases (13 SB in 43 GP) in the pros.
Baseball’s soothsayers say he’ll have to change his swing to power the ball of the park but for the time being, he’ll probably keep hitting for average and getting a lot of base and extra bases hits. His statistics at Kannopolis are 45 hits for 169 AB in 43 GP, 0 HR, 7 2B, and 3 3B.
Some experts project his future position in center field, but his speed can also help him cover lots of ground at shortstop. Sunday, he was practicing his between innings throws from deep in the hole, but his natural position will depend largely on what type of hitter he becomes down the road.