First baseman Lars Anderson was rewarded for his hot start with Double-A Portland by today being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket.
Considered one of the better prospects in the Red Sox organization, the 22-year-old Anderson saw his stock slip last season when he hit only .233 with a .328 on-base percentage and nine home runs for Portland.
But he hit .355 this year and had a 1.086 OPS through 17 games thanks to five doubles and five home runs. He also had 15 RBIs.
I’m sure some will speculate as to what this could mean for the major league team and perhaps it well could mean something down the road. But Anderson had to prove he could mash in the Eastern League before he could go to the International League and he did that.
Good luck to him at the next level. Anderson couldn’t buy a hit in spring training (0 for 18) despite taking some good swings but has hit well since leaving Fort Myers.
Anderson will play first base for the PawSox with Aaron Bates going to left field. He is driving from Portland to Pawtucket today and is expected around game time.
UPDATE, 11:30 p.m.: Anderson pinch hit in the 6th inning and grounded back to the pitcher. The PawSox lost 4-1 to Indianapolis. Scott Atchison made his first appearance for Pawtucket and tossed two scoreless innings.