Anderson Promoted to Pawtucket
Highly tauted first base prospect Lars Anderson was promoted from AA Portland to AAA Pawtucket this afternoon. After a disappointing season in the minors in 2009, Anderson has been dominating AA so far in early 2010. In 17 games, Anderson has hit .355 with 5 HRs and 16 RBIs with the Portland Sea Dogs and has earned a chance to play in Pawtucket and get him one step closer to the big show. If he continues to hit and stays healthy and David Ortiz doesn’t, Anderson may see some action later this year.
In 2009, Anderson hit just .233 with 9 HRs in 119 games. According to SoxProspects.com, Anderson is the 4th rated prospect in the Sox system behind Casey Kelly, Josh Reddick and Ryan Kalish. There is a ton to like about Anderson and his early season success is a great sign after hitting well below average last season. If he can stay healthy, Anderson could be a big contributor in the major leagues for years to come. For more information on Anderson, check out the SoxProspects.com scouting report below.
"Tall slugger with a great hitter’s frame, excellent present power, and an elite power ceiling. Extremely smooth and fluid swing. Impeccable batting eye with very good patience at the plate, he actually could stand to be a little more aggressive. Hits especially well to the opposite field, but can also pull the ball on occasion. His swing is tailor-made for Fenway. Still strikes out too much, particularly against off-speed stuff from more advanced pitchers. Has shown a few streaks where he struggles at the plate for weeks at a time, occasionally looking overmatched. Athletic for his size, plays well defensively at first base. Digs throws in the dirt well. Makes some nice diving plays, but still can look awkward at times. Mediocre range. Not a stolen base threat, speed is below average. Takes instruction well and learns fast. Strong work ethic. Intelligent and confident. Likely would have been a supplemental first round pick in 2006 if not for high bonus demands. Spent significant time in left field in high school but has yet to play there professionally, could transition if needed. Anderson has struggled with various injuries throughout his career, partially contributing to his subpar showing in 2009."