Tim Anderson on Sparkling Debut: “I Just Had to Think, ‘Is This Really Happening?'”
Saturday, June 11, 2016
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the middle game of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: LHP Jose Quintana (5-6, 2.58) for the Sox, RHP Chris Young (2-6, 6.37) for Kansas City.
Last Night’s Highlights
The White Sox connected for four homers and rookie shortstop Tim Anderson doubled in his first major-league at bat, added a single and scored a run as Chris Sale won his 10th game of the season in the 7-5 victory over the Royals…Melky Cabrera (5) smashed a two-run homer in the third, Brett Lawrie (7) belted a solo shot in the fourth and Alex Avila homered twice, his first two of the season. Avila’s first of the night went back-to-back with Lawrie and his second was a two-run homer in the sixth to give the Sox a 7-3 lead…Jose Abreu went 2-4 and singled home Anderson with the first Sox run…The bullpen came through for the second straight night. Sale went six innings, followed by Dan Jennings (0.1 IP), Zach Putnam (0.2), Nate Jones (1.0) and David Robertson (1.0) who combined for three scoreless frames. Robertson registered his 15th save.
The Cabrera, Lawrie and Avila homers:
Welcome to ‘The Show,’ Mr. Anderson
It was a special day for Anderson, called up to the major leagues for the first time and enjoying a sparkling debut with his first two hits in “The Show.”
The montage at the top of the blog gives a glimpse of Tim’s first day in the bigs and click on the links below to view that first hit and his post-game reaction. Also, take note of the photo above that shows Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas giving a pep talk to the rookie before he went out on the field for the first time as a big-leaguer.
And here are the numbers behind Anderson’s promotion to the Sox:
Anderson, 22, is hitting .304 with 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 20 RBI, 39 runs scored and 11 stolen bases over 55 games with Charlotte this season. The 6-foot- 1, 185-pound Anderson leads the International League in hits and mult-hit games (25) and ranks among the leaders in runs scored (2nd), total bases (T5th, 101) and average (10th).
Anderson, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 Prospect, Best Hitter For Average and Best Athlete in the White Sox organization, posted a .337 average with 31 runs scored over his last 37 games since May 1.
He owns a .301 average with 62 doubles, 26 triples, 19 homers, 127 RBI, 220 runs scored and 94 steals over four minor-league seasons after being selected by the White Sox in the first round (17th overall) of the 2013 draft out of East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss.
Anderson led the Southern League at Class AA Birmingham in 2015 in hits (160), runs scored (79) and stolen bases (49), ranked third in average (.312) and tied for third in triples (12).
Quotes of the Day
Robin on the Sox’ new shortstop:
“I think he’s just at that point where it’s time to see what he can do. Again, he’s not coming up here timid; he’s ready to play. It’s a nice way to start it off, spark a little rally for us. I think later on he probably won’t remember a whole lot of it, but it was just nice. He looked comfortable out there.”
GM Rick Hahn on Anderson:
“He is here to, hopefully, continue his successful run that he has been on over the last month or six weeks down there at Charlotte and get himself some experience here at the big-league level. We do feel that he has the ability to be a special player. But this is still a young player, still a player that is developing, and that development continues at the big-league level.”
MLB Draft: Day 2
The White Sox yesterday completed the second day (rounds 3- 10) of the 2016 MLB Draft, selecting two pitchers (one left-hander and one right-hander), one catcher, three infielders and two outfielders.
The White Sox will conclude the 2016 draft today (rounds 11-40), beginning with the 11th round, at 11:00 a.m. CT.
Here are the Sox selections after Day 2:
Prior to last night’s game, the White Sox placed outfielder Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a medial meniscus tear in his left knee and recalled outfielder Jason Coats from Class AAA Charlotte.
Coats, 26, is batting .335 with 13 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 24 RBI and 26 runs scored over 43 games with the Knights this season. He leads the International League in average and ranks second with a .966 OPS.
Coats, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, was recalled from Charlotte on June 4 and made his major-league debut that night at Detroit. He was optioned back to the Knights on June 7 after appearing in two games with the White Sox.
Additionally, relievers Jake Petricka and Daniel Webb had season ending surgeries yesterday. Webb had Tommy John surgery in his right elbow, and Petricka had a torn labrum in his right hip.
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 pm. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series. Starting Pitchers: TBD for the Sox, RHP Yordano Ventura (4-4, 5.32) for Kansas City.
Photo of the Day
Robertson, Carlos Rodon and the White Sox Volunteer Corps built 10 playhouses yesterday morning as part of Sox Serve Week. Here’s David with members of the Corps.