Anderson, who isn't attempting many steals this spring, said he's saving his legs for the regular season, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "I've been practicing my jumps and breaking pitchers down whether I'm running or not. Use the legs when it really matters," said the shortstop. Anderson became the first White Sox shortstop to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season last year, and he plans to do more of the same despite attempting just one steal in the Cactus League. The 25-year-old swiped 26 bags in 2018 and could steal even more if he improves on a career .286 on-base percentage. That means taking more walks, something he started to do last year when walked 30 times, more than double the previous season.
Anderson went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Thursday's game against Milwaukee. Anderson is 11-for-22 with five extra-base hits and six RBI while playing error-free defense at shortstop this spring. The 25-year-old has made gradual advancement since his rookie 2016 season, including last year's 20-20 campaign, and could make a sizeable leap in 2019.
Anderson went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in Thursday's game against Seattle. The home run completed the cycle for Anderson this spring. He's 5-for-11 in the Cactus League with a homer, triple, double, four RBI and three runs scored. Anderson made a splash in 2018 with his first 20-20 season, a flashy offensive feat that obscured a .281 on-base percentage and .687 OPS. He's still growing as a hitter, so it may be premature to peg him as a counting-stats only fantasy asset.
Anderson is confident he'll build on the success he had in 2018, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Anderson became a 20-20 hitter in 2018, setting career highs with 20 homers, 26 stolen bases, 28 doubles, 77 runs, and 30 walks. While his .281 on-base percentage suggests more work is needed at the plate, Anderson is pleased with his progression as a hitter. Hidden by his offensive outburst last year, the 25-year-old improved defensively, suggesting he'll remain at shortstop despite speculation he might be moved off that spot. He went from minus-16.3 UZR/150 and minus-8 in DRS in 2017 to plus-0.7 and 0, respectively, in 2018. He worked hard on his defensive deficiencies with bench coach Joe McEwing. Continued improvement in the field means Anderson could stick at shortstop, even if the White Sox add Manny Machado.
Anderson (knee) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Anderson experienced knee soreness during Saturday's 8-3 loss, so it's no surprise he'll take a seat in the season finale in order to avoid a setback heading into the winter. Leury Garcia will fill in at shortstop for Anderson, who took a step forward as a fantasy asset this season with 20 home runs and 26 steals across 153 games. The 25-year-old was less productive in real-life terms, however, most notably reflected in his .281 on-base percentage.
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