Sox drop Rollins, add Anderson

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 Prior to today’s game vs. Kansas City, the Chicago White Sox designated shortstop Jimmy Rollins for assignment and purchased the contract of shortstop Tim Anderson from Class AAA Charlotte.

Anderson, 22, is hitting .304 (75-247) with 10 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 20 RBI, 39 runs scored and 11 stolen bases over 55 games with Charlotte this season.  The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Anderson leads the International League in hits and multihit games (25) and ranks among the leaders in runs scored (2nd), total bases (T5th, 101) and average (10th).

Anderson, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 Prospect, Best Hitter For Average and Best Athlete in the White Sox organization, posted a .337 (56-166) average with 31 runs scored over his last 37 games since May 1.

He owns a .301 (413-1,372) average with 62 doubles, 26 triples, 19 homers, 127 RBI, 220 runs scored and 94 steals over four minor-league seasons after being selected by the White Sox in the first round (17th overall) of the 2013 draft out of East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss. 

Anderson led the Southern League at Class AA Birmingham in 2015 in hits (160), runs scored (79) and stolen bases (49), ranked third in average (.312) and tied for third in triples (12).

Anderson, who will wear uniform No. 12, has no major-league experience.  He joins Chris Sale (2010) and Carlos Rodon (2014) as recent Sox first-round selections on the active roster.

Rollins, 37, batted .221 (33-149) with two home runs and eight RBI over 41 games this season, his first with the White Sox after signing as a free agent on February 22.  He ranks sixth all-time with 2,227 games played at shortstop.

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