GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Anderson's second big league Spring Training with the White Sox certainly was one to remember for the organization's No. 2 prospect per MLBPipeline.The 22-year-old shortstop welcomed his baby girl into the world with his fiancée, Bria. And on the field, Anderson got to learn from veteran
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tim Anderson's second big league Spring Training with the White Sox certainly was one to remember for the organization's No. 2 prospect per MLBPipeline.
The 22-year-old shortstop welcomed his baby girl into the world with his fiancée, Bria. And on the field, Anderson got to learn from veteran Jimmy Rollins while showing off his vast skill-set.
Although Anderson was reassigned to Minor League camp, along with right-handed pitcher Matt Lollis and left-handed pitcher Matt Purke, following Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Angels, there's a noticeable difference in Anderson's game between now and when he first arrived in 2013.
"Without a doubt," said White Sox director of player development Nick Capra in regard to Anderson's growth. "His skills have always been there. His athleticism has always been there. He's refining his skills.
"He's getting better from year to year and day to day defensively. He's always been the guy that put the ball in play, barrels the ball up, hits a fastball. He's working on pitch recognition and consolidating his zone a little bit more. He's shown he can do that. We're happy with his progress."
Thirty-seven players remain in Major League camp for the White Sox: 17 pitchers, three catchers, nine infielders and eight outfielders. Anderson will make his way to Triple-A Charlotte, with a shot at the big leagues not out of the question for the 2016 season.
"It's just continue to grow," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "He hasn't had a ton of baseball experience, and this is the time you get to do it. We don't necessarily get to see him do it.
"From here on out, it's up to him to be able to do that, gain valuable experience. It's been big for him to come up here. Jimmy's been a pretty good influence on him, for him to be able to be around him and to really slow down the game. When you're younger, you see the game in a certain way, but you want to show everybody how fast you can do stuff. Jimmy has a really good internal clock of being able to slow down the game.
"In talking to him today, that's the biggest thing that Timmy's got," Ventura said. "Offensively, he's a talent. The biggest thing for me seeing him in the last couple years is, defensively, he just looks so much better and confident."
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