More than half of the exhibition season is now in the books, and after taking a look at how some of the National League's best rookies have fared in yesterday's column, let's turn our attention now to the American League's first-year class. Here's a quick rundown of how the spring developments and numbers have affected the most appealing rookies:
Brian N. Anderson, OF, White Sox: Jerry Owens' demotion last week virtually assures the starting center field job will belong to Anderson, a .319 hitter (15-for-47) in 15 spring games. Chicago thinks highly of the kid, though his spring numbers are actually misleading; Anderson hasn't performed as well as his stats, especially if you take into account he's 0-for-3 in stolen-base attempts. He's well worth starting AL-only outfielder status, but it's asking a lot for him to top .260-15-60-2-50 totals.
Craig Hansen, RP, Red Sox: All indications are that he'll begin the season in the minors, but judging by the way he has pitched this spring -- 7.2 scoreless innings -- Hansen probably won't be down for long. He remains Boston's closer of the future, and while it's tough to predict whether he'll wind up another Chad Cordero or Ryan Wagner, it's looking like he's a lot closer to Cordero at this stage. Hansen should be back with the team soon, and at that point it's possible he could enjoy a year much like Cordero's 2004.