Lars Anderson: 3 Things You Need to Know on Diamondbacks' New Prospect
The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired first baseman prospect Lars Anderson, shortstop Didi Gregorius and left-hander Tony Sipp in a three-way trade with the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, via MLB.com.
In exchange, Arizona traded right-handed pitchers Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw.
Time to dissect who the Diamondbacks received. Here are three things you need to know about Lars Anderson.
Anderson hit a combined .250 with nine home runs, 27 doubles and 59 RBI with Triple-A Pawtucket (Boston Red Sox) and Triple-A Columbus (Cleveland Indians) in 2012.
He went 1-for-8 in six games with the Red Sox.
First of all, Anderson is a left-handed hitter. He has a smooth swing with good gap power and can hit the ball to the opposite field. He also has a good feel for the strike zone.
Anderson generally has trouble with breaking balls and inside fastballs, and has below-average speed, according to SoxProspects.com.
He's improved defensively, but still needs work in that area, making him more of an offensive player rather than a complete one.
His trouble making contact at the next level is evident. He went 7-for-35 in his first big league action with the Red Sox in 2010.
In 2011, he went hitless in five at-bats.
The 25-year-old from Oakland was widely considered to be an early-round prospect in the 2006 MLB draft, but dropped to the 18th round due to issues signing him.
He eventually agreed to a $825,000 bonus with the Red Sox, equal to the money a supplemental-round draft pick would receive.
Anderson was a star at Jesuit High School and had committed to Cal before deciding to enter the pro ranks.
Fun fact: Anderson replaced Mike Lowell in the former first baseman's last major league game on Oct. 2, 2010.
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