"We're playing really well as a team," Anderson said. "Personally, I feel like I've been so-so, good at times and struggling at others. Right now I feel like I'm swinging the bat well, just not getting results."
Thirty-five games into the 2012 season, the Oakland, CA native is batting .240 with three home runs and 18 RBI's. While these numbers are relatively average, the Anderson's words seem to be those of a player who holds himself to higher standards.
"I think for anyone in Triple-A, the biggest difference between that and being a big-leaguer is consistency," 6-foot-5 lefty said. "If anyone here plays up to their potential more than they are now they'll be regular big-leaguers.
"That's why [those in the majors] are so good, it's because they're able to repeat it over and over. They aren't hot for a couple of weeks; they're hot for a couple of months."
has played the majority of games at first base throughout his career. With All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez on the Boston roster, though, it is hard to believe Anderson will be able to become the daily player at that position anytime soon. In order to get the lefty's bat into the lineup, though, Lars has started to learn a new position — left field.
"I'm more comfortable at first," the twenty-four year old admitted. "I really have been enjoying left field, though. It's something new and fresh, so I like both of them. Either one, man, is fine for me."
Given the answers that Anderson provides to questions regarding himself, it is clear that he is more than just a player with the potential to be a big bat in the middle of a lineup. He conveys a mindset that the game isn't all about personal numbers; it's about team performance and winning games.
When asked about his the few games he played in the majors this season, the first baseman/left fielder slowly shifted the focus to how many games the team won during his stint. Even still, though, baseball is a game of "what have you done for me lately" and numbers are what get players to the majors.
"We've got a lot of guys that have had some good at-bats, but the wind has been blowing in here quite a bit," manager Arnie Beyeler said when asked to comment on Anderson's performance thus far. "[Lars] is a guy that uses the whole field to hit and for some reason this ball park is pretty tough on him because the wind blows left-to-right here quite a bit so he's had a few balls knocked down. Like he said, he's been swinging the bat very well…just have to keep grinding."
Like so many players in Triple-A Pawtucket, the biggest thing for Anderson is consistency. Beyeler and the California native agree that it's one thing to show glimpses of strong potential, and another to perform at a high level day-in and day-out.
Pawtucket is the perfect place for Anderson to be in order to work up to the level necessary to play regularly in the majors. Being the team player that he is, the twenty-four year old has no problem learning a new position [left field], but doing so takes time.
"He has to get reps out there and play," Beyeler said. "He's a guy learning a new position. He's athletic enough to go out there and play [left field], but he has to go out there and learn where to throw balls, speed of the game stuff, cut-off men, and situational stuff.
"He has to learn the intricacies of the position because he's never been out there. The only way to learn it is game speed."
In 2011, Lars Anderson put up above average numbers in the 136 games he played in Triple-A Pawtucket. He finished the season with a .265 batting average having hit 14 homeruns and driven in 78. As is the case with all players, Lars looks to build upon his numbers from 2011 as he strives towards regular appearances in the majors.
Lars Anderson has been a little inconistent offensively but he's also learning a new position.