The White Sox and first-round pick Tim Anderson are on the verge of finalizing a deal, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Anderson, a shortstop from East Central Community College in Dectaur, Miss. is flying to Chicago take a physical, according to Gonzales.
Anderson, who is advised by Reynolds Sports Management, 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.
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.
The assigned pick value for the No. 17 overall selection is $2.164MM, according to Baseball America.