2013 Draft: Tim Anderson

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The 2013 amateur draft will be held from June 6-8 this year, and between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

(ECCC Baseball)
(ECCC Baseball)

Tim Anderson | SS

Primarily a basketball player at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Anderson went undrafted in 2011 and headed to East Central Community College in Mississippi. He came into the weekend hitting .503/.564/.911 with nine homers and 36 steals in 45 games this spring, and he’s committed to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham next year.

Scouting Report
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 lbs., Anderson is an excellent athlete whose best present tool is his speed. He has bat speed and a level swing from the right side, but he doesn’t use his lower half well and hasn’t shown much power. He’s basically a slap hitter at this point. Defensively, Anderson is one of the few players in this draft with a legitimate chance to remain at shortstop long-term thanks to his quick feet and reactions. His arm leaves something to be desired and his overall game is raw for a college sophomore because he’s only been playing baseball full-time for two years. The speed, swing, and pure athleticism point to a very high ceiling but also a lot of risk.

Baseball America (subs. req’d) and Keith Law (subs. req’d) ranked Anderson as the 34th and 43rd best prospect in the draft in their latest rankings, respectively. The Yankees love those toolsy up-the-middle athletes, so Anderson is right up their alley. He needs a lot of work and won’t climb the ladder all that quickly despite being two years removed from high school, so it’s fair to consider him a project. The athleticism will get him drafted early despite that lack or refinement, and the Yankees have three picks right at the end of the first round (26th, 32nd, 33rd).

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  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    .911 SLg%? I wonder what kind of numbers he’ll put up when he develops power?

    • vicki

      i don’t know what kind of pitching east central community college faces. but i did laugh.

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  • Preston

    So far the guy you’ve profiled that I covet the most is Eric Jagielo of Notre Dame. Hope he’s one of the three picks.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    Something about this kid I like. Maybe it’s his shortstop potential, maybe it’s his raw athleticism, but I like it. Seems like the kid of kid that can be molded the Yankee Way™.

  • Endlessjose

    Another Angelini from the looks of it.THe Yankees should be focused on college pitchers/college hitters and not highschool players which have been horrible the last 5 years.

    The Yankees have enough high upside but low level bats.They need guys who can help now rather than later.

    • http://Www.retire21.org first name only male – Retire 21

      Sounds more like CJ Henry to me, not that the end result would change.

  • zs190

    Raw athletic shortstop that has good bat speed but a little bit of a slap hitter, sounds like Cito Culver with the caveat that there is possibility that the arm doesn’t play at SS and has to move to 2B.

    I know it’s not fair to compare everybody to a prospect that hasn’t panned out but the scouting report seems kind of blah for a 1st round pick.

    • Preston

      There are 3 types of SS prospects, guys who can field but nobody is sure they’ll hit, guys who can hit but nobody is sure if they can field or guys who can do both who are picked in the top 5 where we never draft. Quality SS are the rarest commodity, most of them don’t pan out. That doesn’t mean you stop drafting them, in fact it might mean you need to draft more of them.

    • Greg

      By all accounts this guy is a drastically better athlete than Cito Culver

  • Ron

    Culver 2.0, pass.

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  • Dave Harris

    Is it me or are these writers not in love with our picks. A lot of negativity! And do we need a kid that is a slap hitter and has a weak arm?

  • G Man

    Unfortunately, there are a couple of teams with a serious lack of shortstops in their system that I see making a move earlier on this kid, specifically the Cardinals at #19 and the Tigers at #20. The Cardinals currently have ‘nobody’ at short (please, let me know why you think Pete Kozma will stick) and the Tigers have mortgaged their future with the insane contracts given to Fielder, Verlander, Cabrera etc, they know they can’t give Peralta the big deal he’s bound to get – Neither team has much in their minor league system at short, the Tiger have Eugenio Suarez who’s been in their system almost 5 years now and only just made the jump to AA and the Cardinals have a cast of glove first, bat never prospects who will all (based on their success with player development) become all stars, but have no real guaranteed stud shortstop in their system.