Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Indians didn’t make any big moves as the trade deadline passed, but they did make a move, sending pitcher Steven Wright to the Red Sox for 1B/OF Lars Anderson.
The 24-year-old Anderson has spent most of the season at Triple-A Pawtucket where he has hit .259 (88-340) with 22 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs and 52 RBI in 93 games.
He has also drawn 56 walks (6th in the Int’l League) and currently sports an on-base pct. of .359 (.415SLG/ .774OPS). The left-handed batter has hit southpaws better in 2012 (.261 vs. .258 against RHP) and has hit .316 (50-158) with runners on base.
He has appeared in 66 games at first base and 16 games in left field. The Oakland, CA native also spent 6 games with the parent club at the end of April (1-for-8).
Anderson was almost moved last season to the A’s in a deal that would have involved pitcher Rich Harden, but the deal feel through after the Sox checked out Harden’s medical records.
Anderson was selected by Boston in the 18th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Jesuit High School in Carmichael, CA.
He owns a 6-year Minor League career average of .274 (734-2681) with 182 doubles, 76 home runs and 408 RBI in 730 games while drawing 407 walks (.370OB/.435SLG/.805OPS).
He was ranked among Baseball America’s Top 100 Minor League prospects for three straight seasons from 2008-10. He has appeared in 48 games with Boston over each of the last three seasons since 2010.
Wright, a knuckleball pitcher, spent the year in AA Akron where he was 9-6 with a 2.49 ERA.