White Sox Sign First-Rounder Tim Anderson

The White Sox have signed first round pick Tim Anderson to a deal worth $2.164MM, according to Jim Callis of Baseball America (on Twitter).  The shortstop out of East Central Community College in Dectaur, Mississippi is advised by Reynolds Sports Management.

Anderson ranked 25th among draft prospects according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.  Baseball America ranked him as the draft's No. 26 prospect, while ESPN's Keith Law ranked him 37th.  His $2.164MM deal matches the exact slot recommendation for the No. 17 pick.

Mayo writes that Anderson's speed is his best asset, noting that he should be a base-stealing threat with occasional power to his pull side. All three evaluations feel he has a chance to stick at short, though BA notes that average arm strength could force him to move.

Anderson is the sixth first-rounder from this year's draft to sign with his team. Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune first reported that the two sides were nearing an agreement.

Steve Adams contributed to this post.

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