No. 18: Red Sox third base propsect Antonio Anderson
Antonio Anderson was a third-round draft pick (83rd overall) of the 2023 MLB Draft. The Boston Red Sox selected him out of high school, and he finished the year in Single-A.
We only saw seven games of Anderson in Single-A, but he showcased quite a bit. The switch-hitting third baseman slashed .167/.239/.214 with two doubles in 12 games between the FCL and Single-A. Anderson drove in four runs, scored two more, and stole one base.
The 18-year-old is listed as a shortstop but only appeared in the field at third base this season. He also has the ability to play second base.
Anderson is a 6'3", 205 lb switch-hitting infielder with intriguing power potential that could get better as he matures and fills out more. There could be 30-plus home run seasons in his future.
I didn't get to see all that much of Anderson in 2023. However, he has already given a lot to like. His swing looks good from both sides of the plate.
Meanwhile, he looks smooth in the field. I wouldn't be surprised if he excelled at third base after a little bit of time getting used to the position. Anderson certainly has the arm for the position.
As of right now, he's got pretty good speed, especially for a third-baseman with good power. It might drop a bit if he fills out more (which would add to his power). Either way, it won't ever be a weak point in his game. He's not fast, but he has enough speed to keep pitchers honest and steal a few bags.
Antonio Anderson is a prospect I could see shooting up my rankings next year. He's only in this position right now because of how little I saw. It wouldn't shock me if he found himself firmly in the top 10 by the end of 2024.