shorter than listed 6’1”; very athletic build; filled out well in lower half presently with more room for growth; plus-plus athlete; just started playing baseball Junior Year of HS; super raw.
Winston-Salem Dash (High A, White Sox)
50; major league regular
wide setup; loose, easy hands; Brandon Phillips-like pre-swing setup (bat wiggle); small wrist lock before starting swing; explosive hands; plus-plus bat speed; swing has natural lift; has some natural bat-to-ball skills; great strength in wrists and hands giving him good barrel control; exception hand-eye coordination; presently still learning to use the right side; often makes hard contact and can square velocity; needs refinement in approach and plate discipline; presently will expand the zone; recognizes spin but unable to barrel it presently; has trouble with anything down in the zone; hasn’t shown the ability to adjust presently but still super raw.
sneaky plus raw pop; has present gap-to-gap pop; more pull side power presently; raw pop comes from natural lift and plus-plus bat speed; has the ability to backspin the ball; will be plenty of 2Bs with HR potential.
consistently in 4.04-4.07 range from right side; gets out of the box quickly and accelerates; still raw on bases; instinctive base runner but needs work reading pickoff moves; will be a threat on the base paths.
has soft hands; exceptional hand-eye coordination; good footwork around bag; doesn’t react well off the bat; instincts are lacking but has speed to make up for it; range is limited; couldn’t get to ball in deep SS hole; collects and gathers himself well up the middle; has the hands to stay in the infield; needs repetition; presently below avg. at SS but with reps could play to avg.; would feel more comfortable with a move to 2B.
He’ll get every opportunity to stay at SS and it will be interesting to see his progress later in the year. I need more convincing.
makes throws on a line to first; fast, clean arm; quick transfers to throwing hand and quick release; has trouble making throw from SS hole; arm is not a strength on left side; will be plenty for 2B.
There’s extreme, extreme risk here because Anderson is a different kind of raw. He has probably played in a lesser amount of games than everyone he’s playing against. He needs reps and reps and reps. He has electric hands that could let him stay in the infield but I don’t love his range at SS and his arm lacked the strength to make the throw in the hole. At the plate, this is probably the first time Anderson has seen consistent breaking balls. He recognizes spin early and tracks the ball but hasn’t shown the ability to barrel it. Presently, he still loves to pull the ball and is learning the use the right side. He makes consistent hard contact when balls are put into play though. I am confident he can make the necessary adjustments to adjust to spin and barrel it. He’s not off balance when he’s swinging; Anderson just doesn’t look use to them yet. He’s super raw and a long way away but if he puts it all together, he has an electric profile.