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Portrait of Lars Anderson

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 26)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .232 5 25 26 1 .252 0.0
Birth Date9-25-1987
Height6' 4"
Weight215 lbs
Age27 years, 0 months, 29 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
-0.12010
-0.12011
-0.12012
2013
0.02014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 BOS 22 18 43 35 4 7 1 0 0 8 7 8 0 1 0 4 0 0 .200 .326 .229 .214 -0.5 -0.2 -0.1
2011 BOS 23 6 5 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .014 -1.1 0.1 -0.1
2012 BOS 24 6 8 8 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125 .103 -0.9 -0.1 -0.1
Career305648781009714010400.167.268.188.180-2.5-0.1-0.3

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 GRN A 124 533 .292 .263 .334 .399 .260 .363 113 18.8 15.9 -10.2 7.3 -1.0 21.5 2.9 21.5 2.9
2007 LNC A+ 10 47 .313 .280 .359 .449 .279 .440 131 3.9 2.0 -1.3 0.1 0.5 5.0 0.5 5.0 0.5
2008 LNC A+ 77 358 .314 .280 .347 .429 .277 .367 111 20.9 10.7 -6.8 5.9 -0.7 22.9 2.9 22.9 2.9
2008 PME AA 41 163 .311 .267 .343 .404 .264 .435 100 10 5.2 -3.3 -1.1 -1.3 9.4 0.8 9.4 0.8
2009 PME AA 119 512 .250 .263 .340 .394 .271 .293 95 -5.2 14.5 -9.3 -1.1 0.1 -0.4 -0.2 -0.4 -0.2
2010 BOS MLB 18 43 .214 .256 .323 .405 .251 .250 112 -2 1.2 -0.8 -0.2 0.5 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2010 PME AA 17 71 .371 .251 .338 .400 .260 .415 105 8.5 2.1 -1.3 -1.8 -0.7 8.3 0.7 8.3 0.7
2010 PAW AAA 113 462 .262 .262 .328 .407 .253 .334 93 0.9 14.0 -9 -3.8 -6.5 -2.3 -0.6 -2.3 -0.6
2011 BOS MLB 6 5 .014 .244 .324 .386 .260 .000 112 -1.2 0.1 -0.1 0.1 0.1 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2011 PAW AAA 136 577 .278 .261 .329 .400 .255 .322 92 12.6 17.9 -11.5 1.2 -4.4 14.3 1.5 14.3 1.5
2012 BOS MLB 6 8 .103 .242 .320 .401 .257 .200 110 -1.2 0.2 0 -0.1 0.3 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2012 COH AAA 18 69 .222 .249 .329 .385 .251 .275 112 -3 2.1 -1.3 0.5 0.3 -1.9 -0.1 -1.9 -0.1
2012 PAW AAA 93 401 .282 .262 .329 .398 .256 .320 96 9.9 11.9 -6.8 -2.2 -0.2 16.7 1.4 16.7 1.4
2013 CHR AAA 66 266 .205 .251 .319 .382 .249 .271 99 -16 7.6 -3.8 0.4 -0.4 -11.3 -1.1 -11.3 -1.1
2014 TEN AA 37 141 .313 .256 .323 .383 .265 .359 99 7.8 3.9 -1.9 -0.3 -2.3 7.9 0.8 7.9 0.8
2014 IOW AAA 34 101 .294 .261 .334 .391 .262 .318 93 3.9 3.0 -1.8 1.9 0.4 6.7 0.9 6.7 0.9

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 LNC A+ 47 13 12 2 0 1 9 11 9 0 0 .343 .500 .486 .143 .313 5.0 0.1 0.5
2007 GRN A 533 69 132 35 3 10 69 71 112 2 4 .288 .386 .443 .155 .292 21.5 7.3 2.9
2008 LNC A+ 358 58 97 19 1 13 50 46 64 0 0 .317 .411 .513 .196 .314 22.9 5.9 2.9
2008 PME AA 163 27 42 13 0 5 30 29 43 1 0 .316 .438 .526 .211 .311 9.4 -1.1 0.8
2009 PME AA 512 50 104 23 0 9 51 63 114 2 0 .233 .329 .345 .112 .250 -0.4 -1.1 -0.2
2010 PAW AAA 462 49 107 32 3 10 53 44 109 2 2 .262 .342 .428 .166 .262 -2.3 -3.8 -0.6
2010 PME AA 71 13 22 5 0 5 16 7 16 1 1 .355 .420 .677 .323 .371 8.3 -1.8 0.7
2010 BOS MLB 43 4 7 1 0 0 4 7 8 0 0 .200 .326 .229 .029 .214 -0.5 -0.2 -0.1
2011 BOS MLB 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .014 -1.1 0.1 -0.1
2011 PAW AAA 577 65 130 31 2 14 78 80 120 5 0 .265 .369 .422 .157 .278 14.3 1.2 1.5
2012 BOS MLB 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .125 .125 .125 .000 .103 -0.9 -0.1 -0.1
2012 COH AAA 69 4 11 5 0 0 7 9 18 0 0 .196 .319 .286 .089 .222 -1.9 0.5 -0.1
2012 PAW AAA 401 49 88 22 2 9 52 56 89 1 0 .259 .359 .415 .156 .282 16.7 -2.2 1.4
2013 CHR AAA 266 20 44 7 0 2 14 33 72 1 0 .194 .302 .251 .057 .205 -11.3 0.4 -1.1
2014 IOW AAA 101 12 25 5 0 4 19 11 18 0 0 .287 .370 .483 .195 .294 6.7 1.9 0.9
2014 TEN AA 141 14 39 11 1 2 12 16 20 0 0 .315 .390 .468 .153 .313 7.9 -0.3 0.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 174 0.5402 0.3736 0.7846 0.5213 0.2000 0.8163 0.6875 0.2154
2011 22 0.6364 0.4091 0.5556 0.4286 0.3750 0.6667 0.3333 0.4444
2012 32 0.5625 0.5000 0.7500 0.6667 0.2857 0.7500 0.7500 0.2500
Career2280.55260.39480.75760.53280.22890.79260.66210.2424

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-05-17 2014-07-12 Minors 56 0 - Not Disclosed - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 TOR $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 53 dSFX1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/24/14 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Claimed by Chicago White Sox off waivers 2/1/13 after being DFA by Arizona 1/24/13. Claimed by Toronto off waivers 2/25/13 after being DFA by Chicago White Sox 2/22/13. Signed by Toronto 3/13. DFA by Toronto 3/29/13. Sent outright to Triple-A by Toronto 4/1/13. Acquired by Chicago White Sox in trade from Toronto 4/1/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Boston 3/9/12. Acquired by Cleveland in trade from Boston 7/31/12. Acquired by Arizona in trade from Cleveland 12/11/12.
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2011). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by Boston 9/6/10.
  • Drafted by Boston 2006 (18-553) (Jesuit HS, Carmichael, Calif.). $0.825M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 512 59 119 28 2 11 56 64 117 1 0 .271 .367 .420 .288 19.2 1B -1, LF -2 1.8
80o 491 54 109 26 2 10 51 59 115 1 0 .256 .350 .397 .275 12.0 1B -1, LF -2 1.0
70o 475 51 101 24 2 9 48 55 114 1 0 .246 .337 .381 .265 7.2 1B -1, LF -2 0.5
60o 462 48 96 23 2 9 46 52 113 1 0 .237 .327 .367 .256 3.2 1B -1, LF -2 0.1
50o 450 45 91 22 2 8 43 49 111 1 0 .229 .317 .354 .249 -0.2 1B -1, LF -1 -0.3
40o 438 43 84 20 1 8 41 46 110 1 0 .221 .307 .342 .241 -3.5 1B -1, LF -1 -0.6
30o 425 40 79 19 1 7 39 43 108 1 0 .212 .296 .328 .232 -6.8 1B -1, LF -1 -1.0
20o 409 37 74 18 1 7 36 40 106 1 0 .202 .283 .313 .223 -10.4 1B -1, LF -1 -1.4
10o 388 33 66 16 1 6 32 35 103 1 0 .189 .266 .292 .209 -15.0 1B -1, LF -1 -1.9
Weighted Mean45647922228445011210.233.321.360.2521.31B -1, LF -2-0.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 7% 6% 12% 18%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201527250295012152530640.231.324.365.2560.89.2-0.5-3.114.9-2.2-1.5
201628250284711152429640.216.309.346.2450.12.4-0.5-3.214.9-8.9-1.5
201729606691182821259691560.221.312.349.247-0.6-2.3-1.4-7.914.9-8.0-3.5
201830623711242921362691590.226.314.356.249-0.5-1.2-1.4-8.314.9-6.5-3.6
201931618711182721462731650.218.312.352.248-0.6-2.0-1.4-8.414.9-7.2-3.6
202032617701202621361711600.222.313.350.247-0.7-2.6-1.3-8.514.9-7.7-3.6
202133635721212721462711660.217.308.347.244-0.9-5.0-1.4-9.014.9-9.6-3.7
202234601671172521157691540.223.313.341.245-0.8-4.0-1.3-8.614.9-9.1-3.5
202335620701282821160671540.233.317.353.250-0.5-1.0-1.4-8.814.9-5.7-3.6

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index 83)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 93 Aaron Bates 2010 .000 DNP
2 93 Casey Rogowski 2007 .000 DNP
3 92 Jason Delaney 2009 .000 DNP
4 91 Paul McAnulty 2007 .209
5 90 Juan Miranda 2009 .337
6 89 Adam Abraham 2013 .000 DNP
7 89 Brad Nelson 2009 .035
8 89 Rawley Bishop 2012 .000 DNP
9 88 Ole Sheldon 2009 .000 DNP
10 88 Jamie Romak 2012 .000 DNP
11 87 Larry Broadway 2007 .000 DNP
12 87 Jacob Butler 2009 .000 DNP
13 87 Craig Cooper 2011 .000 DNP
14 87 Brock Peterson 2010 .000 DNP
15 87 Clay Harris 2009 .000 DNP
16 87 Lou Palmisano 2009 .000 DNP
17 86 Matt Tuiasosopo 2012 .000 DNP
18 86 Jordan Lennerton 2012 .000 DNP
19 86 Josh Kreuzer 2009 .000 DNP
20 86 John Whittleman 2013 .000 DNP
21 86 Michael Spina 2013 .000 DNP
22 86 Eric Campbell 2013 .000 DNP
23 86 Joe Koshansky 2008 .245
24 86 Roberto Lopez 2012 .000 DNP
25 85 Brett Bonvechio 2009 .000 DNP
26 84 Doug Deeds 2007 .000 DNP
27 84 Christian Marrero 2013 .000 DNP
28 84 Chad Huffman 2011 .000 DNP
29 84 Sean Halton 2013 .233
30 84 Gaby Sanchez 2010 .286
31 83 Bryan LaHair 2009 .000 DNP
32 83 Chad Tracy 2012 .000 DNP
33 83 Cole Gillespie 2010 .240
34 83 Luke Murton 2012 .000 DNP
35 83 Jim Gallagher 2012 .000 DNP
36 83 Jared Clark 2012 .000 DNP
37 83 Jesus Guzman 2010 .000 DNP
38 83 Johan Limonta 2010 .000 DNP
39 83 Jeremie Tice 2013 .000 DNP
40 83 Matt Mangini 2012 .000 DNP
41 83 Fred Lewis 2007 .267
42 83 Nate Freiman 2013 .262
43 83 Reynaldo Rodriguez 2012 .000 DNP
44 82 Damon Sublett 2012 .000 DNP
45 82 Ryan Garko 2007 .294
46 82 Whitney Robbins 2011 .000 DNP
47 82 Beau Mills 2013 .000 DNP
48 82 Jack Rye 2012 .000 DNP
49 82 Logan Parker 2011 .000 DNP
50 82 Mike Paulk 2010 .000 DNP
51 81 Cody Ehlers 2008 .000 DNP
52 81 Adam Rosales 2009 .230
53 81 Rodney Choy Foo 2008 .000 DNP
54 81 Matt Hague 2012 .192
55 81 Jim Murphy 2012 .000 DNP
56 81 Brady Shoemaker 2013 .000 DNP
57 81 Javier Brito 2009 .000 DNP
58 81 Kala Ka'aihue 2011 .000 DNP
59 81 Matt McBride 2011 .000 DNP
60 81 Marvin Lowrance 2011 .000 DNP
61 81 Danny Putnam 2009 .000 DNP
62 81 Travis Denker 2012 .000 DNP
63 81 Chris Nowak 2009 .000 DNP
64 81 Jordan Parraz 2011 .000 DNP
65 81 Matthew Brown 2009 .000 DNP
66 81 Michael Taylor 2012 .105
67 80 Tommy Everidge 2009 .221
68 80 Ben Guez 2013 .000 DNP
69 80 Sawyer Carroll 2012 .000 DNP
70 80 Ryan Finan 2008 .000 DNP
71 80 Bronson Sardinha 2009 .000 DNP
72 80 James Van Ostrand 2011 .000 DNP
73 80 Brian Mc Fall 2010 .000 DNP
74 80 Joe Mahoney 2013 .273
75 80 Bryan Pounds 2012 .000 DNP
76 80 Josh Satin 2011 .173
77 80 Brian Bogusevic 2010 .177
78 80 Chris Carlson 2010 .000 DNP
79 80 Joel Guzman 2011 .000 DNP
80 80 Jeffrey Corsaletti 2009 .000 DNP
81 80 Carlos Sosa 2008 .000 DNP
82 80 Wes Hodges 2011 .000 DNP
83 80 Brian Van Kirk 2012 .000 DNP
84 80 Bryan Byrne 2010 .000 DNP
85 80 Michael Aubrey 2008 .219
86 80 Andy Parrino 2012 .227
87 79 Craig Stansberry 2008 .341
88 79 Deibinson Romero 2013 .000 DNP
89 79 Angel Salome 2012 .000 DNP
90 79 Clint Robinson 2011 .000 DNP
91 79 Wes Bankston 2010 .000 DNP
92 79 John Raynor 2010 .187
93 79 Maxwell Leon 2010 .000 DNP
94 79 Sharlon Schoop 2013 .000 DNP
95 79 Nate Tenbrink 2013 .000 DNP
96 79 Mike Baxter 2011 .283
97 79 Erik Lis 2010 .000 DNP
98 79 Ryan Goleski 2008 .000 DNP
99 79 Rebel Ridling 2012 .000 DNP
100 79 Josh Mazzola 2012 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2013 Once viewed as an elite prospect, Anderson checked in at a high of 17 on both the Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America lists in 2009. He then suffered through a terrible season at Double-A as a 21-year-old, with a 673 OPS, easily his worst as a pro, and despite a 2010 rebound, his stock has been tumbling since. Entering his age-25 season, the year when prospects meet the fork in the road and become either major leaguers or former prospects, Anderson is desperately hoping to regain the third and most important of the true outcomes that he used to possess: power. It showed up as a force in his game just once, though, and that was way back in 2008.
2012 Anderson has always been passive at the plate, to the point that even Gandhi wants to know what his deal is. That passivity and his long swing hurt him in 2010 and in the first half of 2011. While his bat sped up a little thanks to a less mechanical-looking approach, he remains as laid back as ever at the dish: he isn't swinging on pitches he should mash, the ones that would give him the power numbers needed from a first baseman. If not for the aborted Rich Harden deal, the Red Sox would have their 40-man spot back, and Anderson would have an opportunity with another team—something he is unlikely to see in Boston, given Adrian Gonzalez.
2011 In his first full season at Triple-A, Anderson hit an offensive wall much like the one he'd encountered in his first full campaign at Double-A, posting an un-first-baseman-like line and barely cracking double digits in homers. Lefty-friendly Pawtucket didn't warm up to the would-be southpaw slugger, who did most of his damage on the road, and portsiders put him on ice (.215/.261/.299 in 107 at-bats). Still just 23, Anderson continued to display advanced patience at the plate, even in his September stint with Boston, but his power potential remains in question. He'll need to mash to become a mainstay in the majors, and since his lone season with an ISO of at least .200 and a slugging percentage above .500 owed much to the high-octane environs of Lancaster, his prospect status doesn't weather park adjustments any better than his stats.
2010 The top prospect in the Red Sox’s system entering 2009 (and our 17th overall in last year's top 50), Anderson had hit .304/.404/.480 across three levels in his first two professional seasons, but during his repeat of Double-A, a back injury caused him to struggle for the first time in May. Despite a rebound in June, prospect hunters were already asking "what happened to Lars?" when he hit the All-Star break batting .272/.366/.413. A deeply intelligent and sensitive young man, Anderson didn’t handle the doubters well, and suffered a complete collapse in the second half, batting .154/.250/.208 after the break. He looked stiff and unathletic, perhaps due to the residual effects of the back, or simply because he was pressing. Either way, he has a lot to prove in 2010, but no longer has that number-one prospect tag to live up to.
2009 Though Anderson was projected as a slugger after being drafted in 2006, his first professional season saw him leave the power in batting practice and take the strikeouts into the games. His second season was almost a reversal, thanks to a significant jump in isolated power and a reduction in punchouts at Lancaster. While Lancaster is a hitter's paradise, Anderson's power came with him to Double-A Portland, but the high strikeout rate returned. To some degree this is a consequence of his selectivity, for good and bad. Given his youth, there's no reason not to look to the future with anticipation. Anderson has middle of the order potential, and should get a look in 2009 with the expectation that he'll be Boston's everyday first baseman the following year.
2008 Anderson showed extraordinary plate discipline in his first pro season; he's expected to hit for more power as he ages as well. So, while he's maxed out defensively at first base, he may well hit enough to be a monster there.

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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Freestyle: What is a Minor League Pick Worth?Mike Gianella2014-01-06
Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 2, 2013Clint Chisam2013-04-02
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Baseball ProGUESTus: Is This Man the Next R.A. Dickey?Jonathan Zeller2013-02-12
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Ten Prospects on the Bubble, Part One: American LeagueBradley Ankrom2012-03-05
Transaction Analysis Blog: Ward, Cameron ReleasedR.J. Anderson2011-09-16
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What You Missed: Index to Complete Trade Deadline CoverageStephani Bee2011-08-01
Transaction Analysis: Harden DOES NOT KnockBen Lindbergh2011-07-30
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-04-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Im wondering after all the "overhyped" red sox prospects am i foolish to get excited by will middlebrooks,xander bogaerts and brandon jacobs? Thoughts??
(jr from mass)
Who are these "overhyped" prospects of which you speak? A quick glance at Kevin's Top 11s shows that the 2007 list had Ellsbury, Pedroia, Bard,and Buchholz, 2008 had Ellsbury, Reddick, Masterson (and Middlebrooks), etc. I suppose Lars Anderson could qualify as a bust, but he's still only 24. What happened with Ryan Westmoreland couldn't have been predicted, so I'd be uncomfortable calling him overhyped. They dealt Rizzo and Kelly to San Diego for Adrian Gonzalez, and those guys are still playing well. If I'm a Red Sox fan, I'm happy with the job they've done in developing players for their own roster as well as leveraging extra talent to acquire other pieces. (Bradley Ankrom)
2011-02-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Make or break year for Lars Anderson in 2011?
(Phil from NJ)
Yes, but obviously, he now has no future in Boston, so the make is simply making himself a trade chip. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Lars Anderson in the Boston system? Trade bait, maybe he comes back strong this coming season?
(LPD from Chicago)
Trade bait. The Adrian Gonzalez extension is going to happen, and the sooner the Sox convert Anderson's increasingly stale plaudits into something they can use, the better. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)What about Lars Anderson to the Nats for a reliever not named Storen?
(comish4lif from Wash., DC)
I'd take a pass; the Nats can do better than settling for Lars Anderson. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-12-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Now that the Sox have Gonzalez, what happens to Lars Anderson now? HOw much longer until he's traded? July?
(richardkr34 from St. Paul)
Lars Anderson wasn't going to be the first baseman in Boston whether they got Adrian Gonzalez or not, because Anthony Rizzo was the first baseman of the future. Chances are good he will sit in Triple-A until someone wants to take a chance on him as part of a larger deal. (Marc Normandin)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)So, what the hell happened to Lars? I know Rizzo's passed him on the depth chart, but what's your explanation (or Kevin's) for his lack of progress?
(Casey from Memphis)
I kind of gave up on the idea of Lars Anderson: Future Red Sox First Baseman after 2008. He was still young enough where the power could come, but he hadn't shown any to that point, and the kind of hitter he is (and the kind of swing he has) didn't have me convinced it was going to develop. I know I'm not the only one who was down on him either, as Kevin had Rizzo ranked ahead of Anderson even before this season.

Every time Lars Anderson is mentioned as an important, potential trade chip by a fan to a beat writer on Twitter, I giggle a little, because that's just not his value. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who hangs up first? Ianetta for Bowden & Lars Anderson? Ethier for Ellsbury, Bowden & Lars? Posey for Ellsbury? Mejia & FMart for Bowden & Lars? thanks for answering
(mo from las vegas)
I think Brian Sabean gives you the quick hang-up on that one. He ain't trading Buster Posey. (Bradford Doolittle)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Did Lars Anderson and Eric Hosmer show any cause for optimism this spring training? Signs that they're figuring things out?
(mikemcduffe from ottawa)
I actually got some nice reviews on both of them for what it's worth. It's way to early to totally give up on either. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)KG, Who do you like more to bounce back next year, Lars Anderson or Eric Hosmer?
(Sacha from Scapa Flow)
I love this question, just because I stared it for at least a minute while trying to come up with an answer. I give Anderson a SLIGHT edge, but only because he's at least had some past pro success. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who disappointed you more this year, myself or Lars Anderson?
(Tiger Woods from Undisclosed Location )
If Tiger Woods disappointed you, you might want to get out of baseball. I don't care who your favorite team is, go over to MLB.com and click on their 40 man roster. You know how many of them are doing what Tiger did on one level or another? Somewhere around half. These are crazy rich, generally good looking and fit professional athletes. I'm not approving of, or condoning the behavior in any way, but the only difference between Tiger and about 2,000 other pro athletes across a myriad of sports is that he's maybe the biggest star there is, and he GOT CAUGHT. Rant over, moving on. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What has been the toughest call so far in the rankings?
(brian from brooklyn)
The toughest calls are usually players who are coming off well below expectation years, like Lars Anderson and Dayan Viciedo. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)I realize Lars Anderson's stock has gone through the floor, but how could he have struggled so much at the same level he hit well at a year earlier?
(Sonoma from David)
Small sample size last year? Physical differences in swing? Psychological issues of profound slump? All of the above? (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Lars Anderson still project as a middle of the order bat or is he more of 2nd division talent now?
(Nater1177 from Philly )
I wouldn't be horribly concerned with the performance is the scouting reports weren't so bad as well. I think he's way, way down. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What's the deal with Lars Anderson? How far has his stock dropped this year as a result of a mediocre showing? Does he still maintain the high upside or has this year exposed some bigger questions?
(jaymoff from Salem, OR)
I'm hearing a LOT of questions from scouts that have seen him. Being a first base prospect is a nasty business. You don't have to be good offensively, you have to be a MASHER -- a guy that projects in the middle of a big league lineup, or what are you really? (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-07-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would you take Josh Reddick over Lars Anderson?
(judyblum from MA)
Yup. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are you hearing any reason to be concerned about Lars Anderson and his cold start?
(Rob from Alaska)
I'm more concerned that I was talking to a scout the other day and he told me he thought Morrison was the most overrated prospect in baseball. Obviously, that's just one guy talking, but it's worth noting. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Just clarifying re: Lars Anderson -- the scout said Anderson was overrated, or were you referring back to the Morrison question above the Anderson one. And if it's Anderson, did the scout say what, specifically seemed overrated?
(JJO from Virginia)
He thought Anderson was way overrated. Saw him as surprisingly stiff and unathletic, called him the kind of guy who turns 40 when he's 26. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)How about Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox for the fruit of their farm system? That would be a winner for everybody!
(Phillip from Anatolia)
That's so tempting, but with Lars Anderson on the way, I'm not sure it's a good move for the Red Sox. Gonzalez is amazing, but when you balance what they would have to give up to acquire him and then measure that against what Anderson could give you... (Marc Normandin)
2009-03-19 15:00:00 (link to chat)Please "Fill in the blanks": Lars Anderson will start hitting bombs in Fenway on ____________...
(halbent from Boston, MA)
June 16, 2010. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-03-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, love your work. Your Red Sox Team Health Report that was posted today is killing my "try not to get too excited too early" vibe about the prospects of all of the various Red Sox injuries sorting themselves out and the Sox staying in the 95 win area. Do you think they can keep all healthy enought to get back to the playoffs again, and who on the Red Sox is the player they can least afford to lose to injury for an extended period?
(halbent from Boston, MA)
I don't think they have to stay healthy to be at that level. They have so many options and so much flexibility that they can make it through injuries when they happen. I think Pedroia is the one that would be toughest to replace. I'm guessing that Lugo or Lowrie would shift over, but that's a big offensive loss. Ortiz's power is big to them in the absence of Manny, but I think that WCS, Lars Anderson might be able to stand-in for him and not lose as much of the Pedroia falloff. Maybe Youkilis, because he provides so much of the flexibility. (Will Carroll)
2008-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)First, the very best of health to you, sir. I hope your various maladies are not plaguing you at present. Second, I'm perplexed by the Mark Teixeira to the Red Sox rumors. Sure, Tex is a great player, but the Red Sox already possess two more years of both Mike Lowell and Kevin Youkilis. Now, neither is Teixeira (though Youkilis was this year), but neither is a slouch at the plate or in the field either. Looking beyond that, the Red Sox have Lars Anderson, who tore it up in A and AA and who projects to be ready for Boston by the time Lowell's contract expires. Taking all of this together, does it really make sense for Theo to spend $150+ Million of John Henry's money on what amounts to a slight up-grade?
(mattymatty from Philly)
The maladies are quiescent, thanks, and nothing troubling me at present except for some stitches in inconvenient places. I have turned down two TV opportunities this week because I look like someone punched me in the eye. Who knew I would be in demand the second week of November? I agree with your take, Matty. (Steven Goldman)
2008-08-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lars Anderson is killing the ball in AA, if he is ready by next year, what should the sox do with Lowell and Youk at the corners?
(Tony from NY)
Well, he won't be ready by next year, at least as far as the Red Sox are concerned. Even if Mike Lowell declines, there's enough of a defensive gap between Lowell/Youkilis and Youkilis/Anderson to make that kind of move questionable. The question comes after next year, with Lowell having a year left on his deal and all three of he, Youks and Ortiz possibly free agents after 2010. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-07-29 16:00:00 (link to chat)NY POST has been updated as of 15 minutes ago. Red Sox-Dodger discussions have progressed to the point where they're discussing either Kemp or Either for Manny and Cash. Red Sox will either get, and keep, Kemp or get Either and flip him with a pitching prospect or first base prospect (Lars Anderson?) for Teixeira. So it seems it's either Manny, Kemp or Teixeira for the Red Sox. Seems like a long shot still, but you never know.
(A-Roth from NY)
I'm not sure when this came in, but I am hearing very, very similar things, but that the Red Sox are more in the "if A then B" mode than turning this into a three-way deal. It's the second part, especially if it's Anderson, that makes it really tough for me to believe. I have some calls out on this one. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Anything to say about Kyle Blanks? How does he compare as a prospect to say Chris Carter or Lars Anderson?
(benberg from San Diego)
Wow, this is TOTALLY AWESOME.

I talk to a scout about Blanks in tommorow's edition of Future Shock. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-04-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Marc, What are your thoughts on Lars Anderson? I know he is in Lancaster a homerun haven, but from a fantasy standpoint do you guys think he'll hit for average and have enough power to hit 30hrs/yr? What's the consensus?
(Taylor from Boston)
I'm not impressed with his April line. He has a .440 BABIP and only hit .300, and has a .143 Isolated Power. He'll need to do better than that outside of Lancaster, never mind in it. He was #100 on the prospect list, and he'll need to show he deserves a higher ranking than that before I get excited. (Marc Normandin)
2008-04-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Dude, I passed on Lars Anderson in my keeper league's prospect draft (for LaPorta, Heyward, and Towles in the three rounds we did) based on your dismissal of him--or at least more sketpical take on him. Not a question...more of an FYI.
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
You did the right thing. (Kevin Goldstein)


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