We have 2 picks in the first round (19 & 28) of the upcoming MLB draft and I'm a big believer in taking Tim Anderson with the 28th pick and I'm hoping to get more of you on that bandwagon.
As many of you know, our shortstop depth in the minors is our most lacking area. And while I like Koz and what he has done thus far, I'm not sure if he is the future. There are a couple intriguing candidates who could fill the void (R.Jackson, G.Garcia, Mejia) if he falters, but I'd love to add another college guy to that list. Why a college guy? Because they would be closer to either making it to the majors, or at least creating better competition for whoever is filling the role. You also know that we are lacking in guys with leadoff material and serious basestealing threats. Why not fill all those needs with 1 guy?
For those of you not knowing about Tim Anderson, here are some bullet points to help sell you on the idea:
- Has Billy Hamilton like speed and knows how to use it at the dish and on the basepaths. First, he not only has great hitting promise (projects well and hitting over .500 currently) but knows how to take advantage of his speed to get on base when hitting. Plus, he is a terror on the bases given how he was 30 for 30 in attempts in 2012 and almost averages a steal a game in 2013 (though did get caught 3 times)
- A bit of pop in his bat. Hit 5 HRs in 2012 and currently has 9 in 2013. That is as many as Aaron Judge currently and twice as many as Austin Wilson (though he has been hurt half the year)
- Extremely athletic. He played baseball all his life, but when he got to high school, he initially focused on basketball. He had knee trouble, so he decided to try baseball again his junior year. After graduating, he got many basketball scholorships, but baseball became his passion. He uses that athletic ability in getting a great range and his quickness helps too. Arm isn't as premium as everything else, but its mainly described as serviceable which could be said of many major league shortstops
- Many mock drafts have him going in the late 20s or early 30s. This includes Baseball America which has him as the #34 overall draft prospect, and the #1 college shortstop. Taking him at 28 could maybe save a little bit of bonus money that could be spent later on
Hope I convinced a few of you to get on the Tim Anderson bandwagon. How could you not want a guy who can compare to Jimmy Rollins but with more speed, and have a Billy Hamilton like speed demon playing shortstop? :) I'm already dreaming of the lineup possibilities.