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Young infielders eager to learn from Rollins

Anderson, Saladino anticipate working with veteran shortstop
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Anderson has an admission to make in regard to Jimmy Rollins' expected arrival at White Sox camp on Thursday.

"I may get star-struck when I see him," said Anderson. "It's a guy I look up to, and I'm really looking forward to working with him.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Anderson has an admission to make in regard to Jimmy Rollins' expected arrival at White Sox camp on Thursday.

"I may get star-struck when I see him," said Anderson. "It's a guy I look up to, and I'm really looking forward to working with him.

"He was dominant. He was a competitor, and he's a good athlete. I know a lot. He was one of the guys I looked up to growing up. He was just a great overall player.

"Just working with him and learning a lot from him, I'm pretty sure he can teach me a lot," added Anderson, the team's top prospect according to MLBPipeline.com.

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If things work out for Rollins, he will do more than mentor young talented infielders like Anderson, Tyler Saladino and Carlos Sanchez. The mentoring part stands as a big part of the equation in adding the 37-year-old Rollins, who will earn $2 million if he makes the team.

The switch-hitting Rollins' best year came in '07 with the Phillies, when he won the National League Most Valuable Player Award. He hit .296 with 30 homers, 94 RBIs, 41 stolen bases, 38 doubles, 20 triples and 139 runs scored.

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Anderson, 22, put together a similar 2015 season for Double-A Birmingham, with a .312 average, 21 doubles, 12 triples, 49 stolen bases and 79 runs scored in the Southern League. Much like Rollins did in Los Angeles with Corey Seager last year, he will be helping a dynamic talent eventually take his job.

"I'm in the same boat as [Seager]," Anderson said. "Just learn a lot, on and off the field. A guy who can help me defensive-wise, hitting-wise. Whatever I need, I think he can help."

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General manager Rick Hahn spoke to Anderson after practice Monday, urging him to take advantage of what Rollins can teach. Manager Robin Ventura also spoke with Saladino, who entered camp as the projected starter at shortstop.

There's no guarantee Rollins will take the starting job from Saladino, who also would be valuable to the White Sox in the utility role he played last year. So it's business as usual for the 26-year-old.

"Pretty much just keep doing what you're doing," Saladino said. "Just keep working every day, and with him coming in, just learn from him and do those kinds of things.

"It's the same work every day, same routine. Just stay on track with that and just prepare for the season."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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