While his approach didn't get any better in his sophomore season, Tim Anderson chipped in across the board for fantasy owners; he was one of 28 players to go 15-15. His 0.08 K/BB was the worst among qualified hitters, and his strikeout and walk rates only got worse over the final two months, but Anderson used his speed to beat out infield hits (10.4 infield hit percentage) and he was good enough against lefties (.321/.333/.478) to post a stomachable overall batting average. Anderson's below-average 28 percent flyball rate and 28.3 percent hard-hit rate don't portend a step forward in terms of power, but he should at least get to double digits again while playing every day for the White Sox. Further, Anderson could run more from start to finish after going 10-for-11 on the basepaths in the second half.
Anderson is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Indians. Anderson will receive a standard day off following 21 straight starts, while slashing .322/.337/.444 during that span. In his place, Tyler Saladino will pick up a start at shortstop.
Anderson went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 8-1 win over the Royals. Anderson extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games, continuing a surge that kicked off Aug. 1. During that run, he's brought his speed back into play -- Sunday's stolen base was his ninth over the last 17 games. Speed was an element of his game when he was in the minors, but Anderson got away from it for a while once he hit the majors.
Anderson went 1-for-4 with a home run and a strikeout in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Astros. He extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, as he continues his torrid close to the season. Anderson was hitting .232/.254/.347 on Aug. 1, and now he is slashing .263/.280/.417 with 17 home runs and 14 steals (on 15 attempts). His impressive tools have never been up for debate, but his approach still leaves a lot to be desired. Considering the way he is closing out his season, Anderson should enter 2018 as a strong power/speed target later in drafts.
Anderson's ninth-inning double broke up Matthew Boyd's no-hit bid in Sunday's 12-0 loss to the Tigers. Boyd snapped several hitting streaks by White Sox players, with only Anderson able to extend his to nine games. The 23-year-old shortstop is hitting .465 with five extra-base hits, five RBI and six steals over the course of his streak.
Anderson has reintroduced a running game to his offense this month, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Anderson had gone 72 games with just two attempted steals before swiping five bags in five attempts over the last nine games. Basestealing was a big part of his game in the minors -- Anderson stole 49 bases at Double-A Birmingham in 2015 -- and he said he got away from it in the majors for a variety of reasons. "Kind of got caught up in trying to impress when I got to the big leagues -- kind of lost focus with it and being not sure or kind of scared in certain spots, because I didn't want to get thrown out," he said. "Now it's just, 'So what if I get thrown out. Just go.'" With Anderson's power beginning to develop -- the 24-year-old has 16 home runs this season -- we're looking at a potential 20-20 man for the White Sox over the next several seasons.