March 22, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #30 Gordon Beckham

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #30 | Gordon Beckham | White Sox

Position | Shortstop

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| September 16, 1986 (Atlanta, Georgia)

| University of Georiga

| 6'0''

| 190 lbs.

2008 Ranking | Not Ranked

Gordon Beckham was drafted in the 1st round of the 2009 draft by the Chicago White Sox. After a successful career at Georgia, the White Sox took a shortstop despite the fact that 2008 Rookie-of-the-Year runner-up Alexei Ramirez was moving to shortstop from second base. Beckham has a good glove to go along with an outstanding bat. He has legitimate 30 home run potential which is rare for a middle infielder. Beckham improved in nearly every department from year-to-year at Georgia, which includes his patience at the plate. Beckham not only can knock the ball out of the park, he can also draw a walk and hit for a good average which is something teams look for, but rarely ever get. Despite the fact that Ramirez has moved to shortstop for the White Sox, Beckham is believed to be close to Major League ready right now, and likely won't require a lot of time in the Minor Leagues.

2008 Statistics
Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR   K/BB
A         14     58    .310    .365    .500       5      3    5/7

2009 Outlook

Beckham is on the fast-track to the Major Leagues but will likely start in Advanced-A with the Winston-Salem Dash. If all goes well, he could very well be with the Chicago White Sox late this season.


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