NEW YORK — J.B. Shuck is very impressed with the play of White Sox prospect Tim Anderson.
Recalled Monday from Triple-A Charlotte, Shuck said he thinks Anderson could handle a promotion to the big leagues if the White Sox were to make the call.
At Charlotte for almost six weeks, Shuck had plenty of time to watch the young shortstop play. He thinks Anderson, who is hitting .305/.332/.397 with 11 extra-base hits and 10 steals in 209 plate appearances, wouldn’t scare were he to go in a slump.
“He could come up and do well,” Shuck said. “He has that personality where he’s not going to get rattled by anything. I think he’ll do well when he gets his chance.”
The team’s top position player prospect, Anderson has been torrid since he started the season 9-for-53 with an RBI, 16 strikeouts and no walks. Shuck likes how Anderson handled himself during the stretch, continuing to go about his business until “it clicked.” Since then, Anderson is hitting .354 with three homers and has an .850 OPS in 156 plate appearances over 33 games.
“He went on a stretch where I don’t think he got out for like six games,” Shuck said. “That’s just his personality, and that’s why I think when he does get up here, he’s going to do well.”
Anderson’s production has become more noticeable as the White Sox have struggled to get production from their shortstops. Jimmy Rollins and Tyler Saladino have combined for a .617 OPS this season, which ranks 23rd out of the 30 teams in the majors.
But it’s not just Anderson’s bat that has caught Shuck’s attention.
“He’s athletic. He makes a ton of plays, and he looks good.
“It’s amazing. I’ve never played with him. You see him a little bit in Spring Training, but yeah, he just goes out and has fun and I think that’s why he does so well. He just goes up and hits. It’s amazing. I hope he continues, and he’s going to do well up here when he gets his chance.”
NEW YORK -- As hot as he is, the White Sox want to prevent Austin Jackson from going on the disabled list.
So even though they’re not sure how long Jackson will be out, the White Sox are hopeful it won’t require 15 days. Jackson was out of the lineup Monday against the New York Mets and in the trainer’s room after he exited Sunday’s game with turf toe on his left foot. Jackson is hitting .464/.484/.607 with four RBIs over his last 31 plate appearances.
The White Sox recalled J.B. Shuck before Monday’s game and started him in center field in Jackson’s stead.
“We don’t necessarily if that’s DL worthy at this point,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We’re going to try to treat him today, see how well it is. We know he can’t go today, but we don’t necessarily want to lose him for two weeks right away. With J.B. coming up it gives you a chance to fill out that outfield spot with a left-handed bat.”
“He’s been playing well, and I think that’s another part of it. You don’t necessarily want to lose him for two weeks if you don’t have to. If we can save a few days in there and get him back five days before a DL stint, it makes sense.”
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School: Warren Township Blue Devils
Head coach: Bryan McNulty
Assistant coaches: Brandon Schild, Josh Williams, K.C Lange, Jim Voutiritsas, Luke Mueller Jr., John Hergenreder, Mark Mika, Cameron Campbell
How they fared in 2015: 6-5 (4-2) North Suburban Lake. Warren Township made the Class 8A state playoff field. The Blue Devils defeated Chicago Curie then lost to Naperville Central in second round action.
Biggest storyline in 2016: Can the Blue Devils win the North Suburban Lake conference crown this fall?
Names to watch this season: WR Micah Jones QB Luke Schmidt OL/DL Cameron Shaw
Biggest holes to fill: The Blue Devils welcome back 14 starters (8 on defense) but who steps up to replace graduated RB Darrius Crump?
EDGY's Early Take: Warren Township will again have a ton of talent and if the underclassmen group can fill in at a few key spots beware of this team.