Kannapolis vs. Lucas Sims
Three first round picks, an IFA with a 1994 birth date and MILB’s stolen base leader took the field Monday night in Rome. For Kannapolis, four prospects worth watching was a new experience. With a reputation as one of the worst minor league organizations in the land, the South Atlantic League’s White Sox affiliate has been barren in year’s past.
This week, Tim Anderson took the title of best Chi-Sox prospect scouted in the “Sally.” However, this Tim reminded me of another Tim (Beckham). Four years ago, this would have been a high compliment. Today, not so much. In fairness to Anderson, I saw Beckham when he was still ranked as one of the better prospects in baseball.
Anderson has similar strengths and weaknesses to Beckham including an iffy glove, but strong arm for the position. In time, a move to second base or center field may be in the cards.
Offensively, Anderson belted a triple to the opposite field and rounded the bases in 11.41 seconds. The rest of the game, the holes in his swing were on full display as Anderson swung through a number of pitches. In all, it was a mixed bag for the young infielder. He’s definitely a high risk proposition for the White Sox, although he’s a safer bet than Keenyn Walker was.
Keon Barnum was painful to watch in person. There’s no silver lining to an 0-5, five strikeout performance. It’s something I’ve never seen before and hope to never see again. In all, he must have swung through double-digit fastballs.
Even more concerning was him doing conditioning drills prior to the game. He’s a large human being by nature, but it’s a body Barnum will have to continuously work on. Hopefully, Barnum was working his way back from an injury and this is a non-issue. But when he’s the only player on either roster conditioning during batting practice, one is forced to wonder what the deal is.
30 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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