Slender frame; wiry; not much growth projected; frame is not conducive for more muscle; long and skinny legs.
7/9/2014 - 7/11/2014
Batavia Muckdogs (Short Season, Marlins)
Anderson made a few poor throws and had an AB where he looked absolutely lost. He seemed to leave it all behind him and act professionally after each bad play. Looks and acts like a mature college player.
Advanced college eye; patient at the plate and takes close pitches; silent stance with slight bend in front leg; slightly upright body; load is moderate with higher leg kick; more pronounced in-game than batting practice; not enough balance in swing; tick above-average bat speed; hands are relatively quiet with little noise through zone; was dropping his shoulder and causing delayed timing; bat was having trouble catching up to high-end velocity due to this; the load is also a timing concern; not as expressive as I heard while at Arkansas, but still evident; nothing flashy with the hit tool; the timing issues are more of a concern than anything else; leaves him unbalanced at times.
Raw power is fringe-average; surprising pop in bat for his wiry frame and lack of pure muscle; above average bat speed helps; plays down in-game; the timing issues are a concern and delay his ability to barrel up on pitches; this was especially noticeable against higher velocity; slight lift in swing. throughout an entire season.
4.22 from home to first; average second gear; shows some agility and has long strides; good runner but does not look fast; speed is not quite plus and does not play up to plus ability in the field or on the bases.
Average range; charges ball well; fluid motion to his left; range to right is a tick below-average and he has trouble setting his feet for a throw to first; footwork is average; choppy around the base; inconsistent pivot and can become sloppy; decent defense overall but could use some refinement with the footwork.
Average arm; made strong throw from up the middle for an out, but only when his feet were set; dropped his shoulder and overthrew a double-play chance; accurate and chest-high throws on routine plays; arm is fine for 2B; not a weapon anywhere else.
Anderson is a college bat that has put up some noise early in the NYPL season. His ceiling is not high and the positional value is not large. He is average at second base and the arm is not terrific for moving to an OF role. The range is not ideal for SS.
Anderson might have some growth left with the bat, but it is not a high projection and likely does not help out in any fashion outside of a reserve role. I think with some slight tweaks in his footwork and the load and timing mechanisms at the plate, Anderson can become a solid role 4 player that can help contribute as major league depth.