|Chicago White Sox – No. 7|
|Born: June 23, 1993|
|June 10, 2016, for the Chicago White Sox|
|MLB statistics |
|Runs batted in||288|
|Career highlights and awards|
Timothy Devon Anderson Jr. (born June 23, 1993) is an American professional baseball shortstop for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Anderson played college baseball at East Central Community College, and was selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft by the White Sox. He made his MLB debut in 2016. Anderson led the American League in batting average in 2019, won the Silver Slugger Award in 2020, and was an All-Star in 2021.
Anderson attended Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he played basketball, leading the school's basketball team to the state championship. He did not begin playing baseball until his junior year due to injuries suffered on the basketball court. As a junior, Anderson batted .333 as a left fielder. In his senior year, Anderson played as an infielder and batted .420.
Anderson then enrolled at East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi, to play college baseball. East Central was the only school to make him a scholarship offer. In his freshman season, Anderson batted .360 with four home runs, 37 runs batted in (RBIs), and 30 stolen bases in 30 attempts. However, he received no interest from Major League Baseball (MLB), and thus was not selected in the 2012 MLB Draft. Returning to East Central for his sophomore year, Anderson had a breakout season, leading all junior college baseball players with a .495 batting average. He was named a first-team National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American. He committed to transfer to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
The Chicago White Sox selected Anderson in the first round, with the 17th overall selection, in the 2013 MLB Draft. Anderson opted to sign with the White Sox, rather than enroll at UAB, for a signing bonus of $2,164,000. Though expected to make his professional debut with the Bristol White Sox of the Rookie-level Appalachian League, the White Sox chose to assign Anderson to the Kannapolis Intimidators of the Class A South Atlantic League instead, where he batted .277/.348/.363.
In 2014, Anderson began the season with the Winston-Salem Dash of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League. He broke his wrist in late June, requiring surgery. In 68 games, Anderson had a .297 batting average, six home runs, 10 stolen bases, and 31 errors. When he returned in August, the White Sox promoted him to the Birmingham Barons of the Class AA Southern League, where he batted .364 in 10 games. The White Sox assigned Anderson to the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League after the regular season.
The White Sox invited Anderson to spring training in 2015. He spent the season with Birmingham, and he batted .312 with five home runs and 49 stolen bases, while on defense he committed 25 errors.
Invited to spring training again in 2016, the White Sox assigned him to the Charlotte Knights of the Class AAA International League at the beginning of the season. In 55 games for Charlotte, Anderson batted .304 with four home runs, 20 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases.
On June 10, 2016, the White Sox designated Jimmy Rollins for assignment and promoted Anderson to the major leagues. Anderson batted .283 with nine home runs in 99 games for the White Sox.
Before the 2017 season, Anderson signed a six-year contract worth $25 million, with two club options for the 2023 and 2024 seasons. In 2017 he batted .257/.276/.402, walked in 2.1% of his at bats (the lowest percentage in the major leagues), and had the lowest walks-per-strikeout ratio in the majors (0.08). On defense, he led the major leagues in errors, with 28, and in fielding errors (with 16) and throwing errors (with 12).
In 2018 he batted .240/.281/.406. On defense, he tied for the major league lead in throwing errors, with 12.
In 2019 he batted .335 (leading the major leagues)/.357/.508. He had the lowest walk percentage in the American League (2.9%). He had career highs in hits with 167, despite having 88 fewer plate appearances than in 2018. He also had a career high in doubles with 32, and runs with 81. On defense, he led all major league players in errors committed, with 26, and had the lowest fielding percentage of all major league shortstops (.951).
Overall with the 2020 Chicago White Sox, Anderson batted .322/.357/.529 with 45 runs (tied for the AL lead), ten home runs, and 21 RBIs in 49 games. He won a Silver Slugger Award that season.
On July 10, 2021 before a game against the Baltimore Orioles, Anderson was named to the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game for the first time as announced by White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing. At the MLB Field of Dreams Game on August 12, 2021, Anderson hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning off of Zack Britton to win the game for the White Sox over the New York Yankees, 9–8. Overall in 2021, Anderson batted .309/.338/.469 in 123 games hitting 17 home runs and 61 RBIs. He had the lowest walk percentage in the major leagues, at 4.0%.
Anderson and his wife, Bria, have two daughters. They reside in Chicago year-round.
Anderson was the cover athlete for the 2021 installment of the RBI Baseball video game series. Anderson said of this accomplishment, “Definitely history; just continue to try to make history and continue to leave that big mark.”