White Sox draft the player they wanted: SS Tim Anderson
By Daryl Van Schouwen firstname.lastname@example.org June 6, 2013 10:17PM
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Updated: June 7, 2013 9:30PM
The White Sox selected junior-college shortstop Tim Anderson with the 17th pick in the amateur draft Thursday night. Anderson, from East Central (Miss.) Junior College, was the second shortstop taken but the guy the Sox wanted.
Anderson has very good speed, solid power and good baseball instincts, Sox scouting director Doug Laumann said. He has been compared to Brandon Phillips or a faster version of Orlando Hudson.
The Philadelphia Phillies took high school shortstop J.P. Crawford at No. 16.
‘‘[Anderson is] elevated himself and his stock throughout the season,’’ Laumann said. ‘‘As it got closer, we got nervous that maybe he wouldn’t be the guy, but he was the guy we wanted.’’
Anderson missed much of his high school career playing basketball and wasn’t drafted out of high school or after his first year of junior college. This year, he batted .495 with 10 homers, 11 triples, 18 doubles, 45 RBI and 62 runs scored.
‘‘Dreams do come true. Never give up,’’ he said.
Laumann said one scout in the draft room projected Anderson as a No. 3 hitter.
‘‘Tim is a very athletic player who, although we didn’t target a specific position, fits a need in the middle of the diamond,’’ Laumann said. ‘‘He is an exciting top-of-the-order type who is a game-changer with great ability to create offense at a key position on the field. We couldn’t be more happy.’’
With the 55th pick, the Sox selected Tyler Danish, a right-handed pitcher from Durant (Fla.) High School.
Peavy had to try
Jake Peavy, who will be shut down for four to six weeks with a displaced rib, said it wasn’t one incident ‘‘where I ever felt anything happen’’ and that he first felt it during pregame workouts Sunday in Oakland. Peavy has a history of pushing hard, at times to his own detriment. He said he had no regrets trying to pitch Tuesday, when he lasted 2 1/3 innings.
‘‘It took a lot for me not to go out there and at least try,’’ he said. ‘‘You guys know me well enough. Sometimes your mind is a powerful thing. . . . And you know I wish I wouldn’t have, now knowing the result.’’
To replace Peavy and freshen up a worn-down bullpen, the Sox recalled right-hander Deunte Heath and purchased the contract of right-hander Ramon Troncoso from Class AAA Charlotte. Right-hander Brian Omogrosso was optioned to Charlotte. Lefty Hector Santiago will start in Peavy’s place Sunday.
Top 10 for Paulie
The clubhouse was still buzzing Thursday about the 7-5 win in Seattle in 16 innings that stopped an eight-game losing streak.
‘‘I’ve played a million games over my career, and that game was probably one of the most awkward, weird games,’’ Paul Konerko said. ‘‘The whole game, leading into the game, the clubhouse after, it was all just very bizarre. You think you’ve seen it all. We won. That’s a game you won’t forget. That’s up there in the top 10 I’ll always remember.’’