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Once heralded as the “first baseman of the future” Lars Anderson entered 2009 primed for a breakout; he hit .316/.436/.526/.962. A big year would have made the Red Sox failed acquisition of Mark Teixeira sting a bit less, provided insurance for David Ortiz, and allowed Youkilis to move to third base for the ailing Mike Lowell. But it was not to be. Anderson slumped in his repeat of Double A hitting just .233/.328/.345/.673 with only nine home runs.
What a difference a year makes! Anderson was off to a roaring start in Double A to begin 2010: five home runs in 17 games, a .355 batting average and an OPS north of 1.000. And now he has a PawSox cap.
With David Ortiz once again off to a slow start, Anderson could be on the fast track to Boston if his hot streak continues. At just 22 years old, the Red Sox prospect is still young and a rebound year could do wonders to his future, which was looking shaky just a few months ago. A strong performance in Triple A could ripple through the Red Sox organization.
Anderson’s reemergence could make him a piece in an Adrian Gonzalez deal, or it could make the Red Sox decide the cost for Gonzalez is too much because they have Lars Anderson in the fold already. As a left-handed hitter, Anderson could slide right into David Ortiz’s spot of the platoon with Mike Lowell.
Again, it’s only been a month, but the future could still be bright for Anderson, who excelled in 2007 and 2008 before struggling in 2009. With Ortiz, Lowell, Martinez, and Beltre all free agents at the end of the season, 2010 is a perfect storm of roster space for Lars Anderson to become a major leaguer at first base or designated hitter.