Tim Anderson made history becoming the first player to lead the majors in hitting (.335 average) while finishing last among qualified hitters in walks (15 in 518 plate appearances). A late-season surge in multiple-hit games, with 22 of his last 39 contests, carried Anderson to the title. His batting average on balls in play boost of 110 points also buoyed Anderson’s gains in the category. Across 123 games, Anderson scored 81 runs with 18 home runs, 56 RBI and 17 stolen bases. A midseason high ankle sprain depressed his stolen base total, noting Anderson went 15-for-19 in attempts during the first half but only stole two more in the second half.  Anderson suffered his sprain on June 26th and did not return until late-July.

Planning for some regression to the mean in Anderson’s average could be offset by a higher stolen base total in 2020. Extrapolating numbers does not portend results going forward, but Anderson’s slated to hit leadoff for an improved White Sox lineup. Leury...