Former Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa standout Tim Anderson won the Silver Slugger Award on Thursday night as the American League’s best-hitting shortstop for the 2020 season.
During the significantly shortened 2020 campaign, the Chicago White Sox standout led the American League with 45 runs. In 49 games, Anderson batted .322 with 11 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, 21 RBIs, five stolen bases and .529 slugging percentage.
Anderson won the Silver Slugger Award a year after he led the Major Leagues with a .335 batting average.
The other Silver Slugger winners in the American League were White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu, Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, outfielders Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, Teoscar Hernandez of the Toronto Blue Jays and Eloy Jimenez of the White Sox and Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz.
The Silver Slugger winners in the National League were Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, San Francisco Giants second baseman Donovan Solano, San Diego Padres third baseman Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres shortstop Manny Machado, Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud, outfielders Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals, Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Braves and Braves designated hitter Marcelle Ozuna.
Anderson earned Class 6A All-State honors at Hillcrest High School in Tuscaloosa in 2011. He also helped the Patriots win the AHSAA Class 6A boys' basketball championship that year.
Anderson played two seasons at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss., and earned National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American honors in 2013. He signed with UAB to continue his college career, but the White Sox selected Anderson with the 17th pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
On the way to the big leagues, Anderson was a Southern League All-Star for the Birmingham Barons in 2015, when he hit .312 with 79 runs, 160 hits, 21 doubles, 12 triples, five home runs and 49 stolen bases. He led the league in runs, hits and stolen bases.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at?@AMarkG1.