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MLB Draft 2013 scouting report round-up: SS Tim Anderson

There's some skepticism regarding Anderson's throwing strength and hitting ability, but his athleticism might allow him to sneak into the first round of the MLB Draft.

Tim Anderson, out of East Central Junior College in Mississippi, is hoping to be drafted in the first round of the upcoming MLB Draft. Most teams consider him a commodity due to his raw athleticism, though many have questioned whether he has the arm strength to continue playing shortstop, as noted by Lone Star Ball. Anderson is regarded as a decent hitter. Noted for his speed, Anderson has a lot to prove to MLB teams going forward, but he's got the physical tools to get him there if he can put it all together.

Vital statistics

Tim Anderson
Pos High School / College Consensus Rank
SS East Central CC (sophomore) 1st round
B/T Birthdate (age) Height / Weight
R/R 06/23/1993 (22) 6'1" / 180

What they're saying

  • ESPN Scouts Inc: "Anderson is one of the few shortstop prospects in this draft who might remain a shortstop in pro ball, with a chance for several plus tools but less polish than you'd like to see in a possible first-rounder."
  • Jonathan Mayo, "His best tool is his speed and he has plenty of it as a guy who should be a basestealing threat in the future. 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.
  • Adam Morris, Lone Star Ball: "Anderson's best tool is his speed, as he's considered a well above-average runner. There are questions about how much power he will ever hit for, as well as his hit tool in general, given how little experience he has playing baseball."