2. Tim Anderson SS – Another first-round pick in the 2013 Amateur Draft by the White Sox, young Tim Anderson, 21, has been seen as the team’s future shortstop for quite some time. Slated to eventually replace Alexei Ramirez, Anderson played for 3 Minor League teams last season, much like the aforementioned Carlos Rodon. He finished the season with the Birmingham Barons.
His total production through all three levels showed promise across the board, finishing 2014 with a .301/.327/.481 slash line, which gave him an impressive .808 OPS in 362 plate appearances. He also finished with nine home runs, 40 RBI, 21 doubles, and 10 stolen bases. He also had just 9 walks to 82 strikeouts, so he must work on his plate discipline and patience in the future.
Another area Anderson needs work on is his defense. He finished last year with 34 errors, good for just a .910 fielding percentage. His quickness and decent arm should help him develop the range to play shortstop in the future. He will likely start 2015 in Birmingham, and possibly work his way up to Charlotte to finish the season. He has All-Star shortstop potential written all over him.