Potential Draftee of Interest: Tim Anderson | The Process Report

Potential Draftee of Interest: Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson is a raw, intriguing shortstop prospect from East Central Community College, located in Decatur, Mississippi. A former basketball player, Anderson went undrafted after his freshman season at ECCC. But, based on his present stock, he seems unlikely to uphold a commitment to the University of Alabama-Birmingham come fall.

Anderson is a tremendous athlete, with audible raw tools. He’s got good speed and quick feet, and there’s reason to believe he can stick at the position long-term. At the plate his quick bat plays up thanks to a simplified swing. The drawbacks in selecting Anderson revolve almost entirely around his age and developmental path. He turns 20 shortly after the draft yet he’ll enter professional ball rougher around the edges than you’d like for a two-year collegiate player. There’s a lot of risk here, as Anderson could make quick gains within the right system, or he could fail to develop at a pace conductive to maximizing his physical gifts.

Excerpts from the experts

Nick Faleris (May, $): “He has limited exposure to advanced pitching, and there are legit questions as to how refined his game truly is, given the inconsistent nature of his competition at East Central Community College.”

Franchise history at the position

R.J. Harrison does not shy away from junior or community college players. The Rays drafted rising prospects Andrew Toles and Nick Sawyer in 2012, Jeff Ames in 2011, and Parker Markel in 2010 from the JuCo ranks. Of course Harrison’s most notable selection from the circuit is Desmond Jennings, a great athlete whom the Rays scooped out of a Mississippi community college in 2006.

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