Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Chicago White Sox rookie infielder Gordon Beckham was a well publicized, highly respected, minor leaguer after being a first-round selection (eighth overall) in the 2008 MLB draft. He was a standout shortstop at the University of Georgia, an All-American and a finalist for the NCAA Player of the Year and Golden Spikes Award.
So when the White Sox brought him up to the "big club" on June 4th, it was with great fanfare and lofty goals.
To date, the 22-year-old has done nothing to dispel those lofty expectations.
Through Monday night, the shortstop/third baseman is batting .295 with 23 runs scored, five HR, 27 RBI, four stolen bases and an .839 OPS. He's been even better over the last 30 days, hitting .362 along with four HR, 18 RBI and an OPS of 1.016.
Beckham, who has played only third base after being brought up to the majors, and second-year starter Alexei Ramirez make up a solid base for the White Sox infield and will likely be there for a long time. Beckham has made nine errors in the field while getting used to his new position and should improve to be an outstanding third baseman with the glove.
And the really good news is that he can probably still be yours for the price of a pick up. He's owned in less than 30% of all leagues. In my league, he's also eligible for both third base and shortstop. That makes him an even more valuable property and a good pickup as a middle infielder where his numbers are comparable to any other options.
2009 Gordon Beckham Statistics