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The other part of the story with Anderson is that he was not ready to be called up when he was called up. He was thought to be a raw player when he was drafted, with only 1 year of college ball behind him. He was raw at every level the White Sox put him at. At each level, he took about 3 months of struggling before he put together a good month. He only spent part of a year at AAA because the White Sox had to do their panic "Save our season" callups of Fulmer and Anderson in June, 2016, right after they traded for Shields for the same reason. He wasn't called up because he was ready, he was called up because Rick Hahn convinced himself that team was competitive and then somehow Jimmy Rollins turned out to actually be as old as we thought he was.

If your goal was to develop Anderson he wouldn't have made his first appearance in the big leagues until September of 2016 and then he'd have been a rookie in 2017, struggling like many rookies do. 

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1 hour ago, Balta1701 said:

Saladino and Sanchez were pretty fundamentally decent when they were called up. The team practically revolted in 2015 to get Sanchez at 2b because Micah Johnson was a defensive and fundamental mess, and Saladino taking over 3b happened right when that team had its only winning streak.

Fair.  Just hope the return rate gets a lot higher.  While I like him, it's tough to hang your hat on Yolmer Sanchez as the best your organization has to show for your player development staff.  Especially over a multi-year sample.  But I do agree--I see some evidence of fundamental knowledge with Yolmer.  Just wonder if it was there before he came to us or as a result of being with our guys.  A lot of this has to do with our drafting style--drafting tools and athletes over baseball players/fundamentals.  Problem is, these guys breeze through their bench press drills, but struggle with the basics--the basic understanding of the game.  I absolutely believe they have the skills to succeed and they are too good not to compete at this level eventually--but man, just looking at our track record of developing players to make a seamless transition to the big leagues is kind of shaky.  Our MLB roster is looking more and more like a collection of our best organazational options, rather than guys who are ready to compete at this level.  You can see why Rick Hahn and the front office made the decision to pull the plug on the direction of the White Sox...they probably saw this coming a few years ago and though...YIKES......Minus the guys we got in firesale trades, this year's team is mostly the product of decisions made in 2015-2016.  Not good!  

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It's a cold stretch for a bad team. It will get better on its own. The answer is "keep running them out there."

It IS hard to watch though. In case anyone needs ideas, what I've been doing is watching Japanese baseball instead, lol.

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4 hours ago, Balta1701 said:

The other part of the story with Anderson is that he was not ready to be called up when he was called up. He was thought to be a raw player when he was drafted, with only 1 year of college ball behind him. He was raw at every level the White Sox put him at. At each level, he took about 3 months of struggling before he put together a good month. He only spent part of a year at AAA because the White Sox had to do their panic "Save our season" callups of Fulmer and Anderson in June, 2016, right after they traded for Shields for the same reason. He wasn't called up because he was ready, he was called up because Rick Hahn convinced himself that team was competitive and then somehow Jimmy Rollins turned out to actually be as old as we thought he was.

If your goal was to develop Anderson he wouldn't have made his first appearance in the big leagues until September of 2016 and then he'd have been a rookie in 2017, struggling like many rookies do. 

Ha, this is what I can do with a working search function! This was me talking about Anderson in June of 2015, when people were wanting him called up to save that roster. 

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He still has talent, he has speed, he still is piling up the hits, but any reasonable organization would see his performance this year and think "ok, let's be patient and take our time, he has a lot to learn even at these levels". A reasonable organization would see that performance and slide him back to a mid 2017 arrival at the earliest barring a huge improvement, and then that reasonable organization would expect there's a good chance he'll need to struggle for a year or two at the big league level if he ever can take hold of a starting position. That org would also realize there's a good chance he completely busts and can't handle a position or the strikeouts pile up even more as he faces better pitching and becomes just another guy who drifts around after getting a short shot and come up with other plans. If he does better than that, great, but stop penciling him in as even a future big league regular until we see him earn it.

 

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