The Chicago White Sox have selected East Central (Miss.) Community College shortstop Tim Anderson with the No. 17 pick of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.
Anderson, who will turn 20 later this month, hails from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is 6'1 and 180 pounds. Regarded as a promising athlete, his speed and athleticism turned heads this past season on the junior college circuit. Anderson has primarily played shortstop, although he does have some experience in the outfield.
"His best tool is his speed and he has plenty of it as a guy who should be a basestealing threat in the future," MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo noted before the draft. "He makes solid contact, putting the ball in play and letting his legs work for him, even showing some power to the pull side on occasion. He has shown some difficulty hitting the breaking ball."
Anderson seems to be the prototypical high-risk, high-reward kind of player. If he's able to stick at shortstop -- some scouts have raised concerns about his throwing strength -- and can consistently get on base, he could become a valuable asset for the White Sox.