MLB Spring Training 2012: What Is Boston Doing with Lars Anderson?

Benjamin KleinContributor IIIMarch 8, 2012

Courtesy of Stamford Advocate
Courtesy of Stamford Advocate

It's only been a few games since the start of spring training, but several questions have already arisen at Red Sox camp, and some have been answered. The biggest issues for Boston this spring were determining if Daniel Bard could transition to a starter, who will win the No. 5 starter job and if Jose Iglesias could impress the front office and coaching staff enough to start the season at shortstop. 

By watching Boston play over the last week, we've seen a ton of different players in Red Sox uniforms take the field. The one that's caught my eye is Lars Anderson, a first baseman on the 40-man roster who's played in Triple-A Pawtucket over the last two seasons.

Although ranks Anderson as the 23rd best prospect in the Boston organization, he's shown a lot of potential this spring. In "official games" this spring, Anderson is hitting .600 (3-5) with one home run (grand slam), four RBI and three runs in just three games and limited time.

Anderson appeared in six major league games last season, going hitless in five at-bats despite scoring twice. In 136 games last year in Triple-A, he hit .265/.369/.422 with 14 home runs, 78 RBI and 65 runs.

At only 23 years old, Anderson could be one of the players in the majors within the next few seasons. The question is if it will be with the Red Sox, and if so, where will he play? Here's one scenario.

In 2013, the Red Sox will not re-sign David Ortiz to a new contract, making him a free agent and leaving a hole in the DH spot. Now even though catching prospect Ryan Lavarnway could take over that role once Ortiz leaves, or possibly even before then, that role could fall to Anderson if he can get his power numbers up. The scouting report on Anderson says that at the big league level, he projects as having average to solid-average home run power.

Obviously Anderson won't be able to take over Adrian Gonzalez's spot at first base, so what will Boston decide to do with him?