One-time top prospect Lars Anderson has been traded to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for knuckleball pitcher Steven Wright.
Anderson is 1-for-8 in the big leagues with the Red Sox this season, hitting .259 (88-for-342) with 22 doubles, two triples and nine home runs for Triple-A Pawtucket. Standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 215-pound Anderson bats and throws left-handed. The 24-yhear-old was the Red Sox’s 18th round pick in 2006.
Anderson, in 2009, was the top prospect in the Red Sox organization and was drawing comparisons to slugger Anthony Rizzo just two seasons ago. Toting raw power, Anderson is said to have below-average contact skills despite above-average patience at the plate.
Wright went 9-6 with a 2.49 ERA in 20 starts with Double-A Akron. He struck out 101 and walked 62 in 115 2/3 innings. He was the subject of a piece by MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince wherein the player attempted to reinvent himself following the advice from former Cleveland Indians hurler Tom Candiotti.