CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson played his sixth big league game for the White Sox on Wednesday night, but the club's top position player prospect already has earned plaudits from his manager."It's been impressive, his improvement from what we saw in Spring Training to where he's at now and even the
CHICAGO -- Tim Anderson played his sixth big league game for the White Sox on Wednesday night, but the club's top position player prospect already has earned plaudits from his manager.
"It's been impressive, his improvement from what we saw in Spring Training to where he's at now and even the last couple of years of doing it," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You just kind of let him play.
"He does a lot of things well. He has speed that goes with it. Some of the plays he's been making defensively is some of what we want to see. Offensively, he's very aggressive and makes hard contact. Speed-wise, that's the best part."
White Sox assistant general manager Buddy Bell has talked about wanting Anderson to play fast, which Ventura also addressed on Wednesday.
"That's part of learning up here," Ventura said. "There are going to be times he can take advantage of his speed, whether it's positionally or running the bases, stealing bases. He can play a little faster, but right now you also want him to slow it down enough where he can see what's going on and get acclimated."
White Sox agree to terms with Draft picks
MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo have reported the signing of White Sox picks from the 2016 Draft over the past few days, although the White Sox have yet to confirm.
Fourth-rounder Jameson Fisher signed for $485,000, which was below his slot value of $511,300 at No. 116 overall. The first baseman/outfielder from Southeast Louisiana hit .424 last season
Seventh-rounder Bernardo Flores signed for $200,000, with a pick value of $214,900. Eighth-rounder Nathan Nolan signed for $170,000 (pick value -- $181,100). And 11th rounder Ian Hamilton gets a slight bump from $100,000 limit at $101,800. The White Sox view Hamilton as a reliever, where he excelled in college. Fifth-rounder James Lambert's bonus was $325,000, which is $57,800 under the slot value of $382,800 for pick No. 146.
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