Red Sox prospect Lars Anderson has been promoted from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket on Thurday. Anderson is expected to make his PawSox debut at McCoy Stadium on either Thurday or Friday night.
Anderson, 22, was hitting .355/.408/.677/1.086 in 17 games for Portland this season. He ranked third in the Eastern League in batting and was tied for second in both homers (5) and RBI (16). He also led the league with a .677 slugging pct. and was tied for second in total bases with 42.
The left-handed swinging Anderson, who struggled throughout the 2009 season in Double-A, was described as once again driving the ball to all fields in 2010 after becoming pull-heavy in his approach at times last year. Members of the Red Sox organization suggested that he was taking a more relaxed approach to the game this year, something that helped his on-field play.
This is really fantastic news for people who have jumped off the Lars Anderson bandwagon. I believe his struggles in 2009 were really because of all the pressure that was put on him. After a bad 2009, the pressure was off his back because people thought he busted. Instead, he's gotten back into the flow of baseball with no outside distractions.
THIS is the Lars Anderson we've been waiting for.
This really sets up nicely if Lars goes and dominates Triple-A. If Lars has a good rest of the year, we could see him in Boston to DH later this year. Or, better yet, once David Ortiz is gone (c'mon, you know he's gonna be gone), he could be the Red Sox's DH in 2011 and into the future.
All we can hope for now is that Lars keeps on dominating.