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Postby hett2333 » Wed May 27, 2009 7:27 am

I'm sure many of you are aware Beckham has been playing some 3rd base for Double-A Birmingham. After reading Kenny Williams comments on yahoo, ChW, SS – Asked for his rationale for starting prized prospect Beckham at third base on Friday for Double-A Birmingham, White Sox GM Kenny Williams responded, “I’m thinking I want to see some production out of some people or I’m going to start making some changes.”

I'm starting to think we might see Beckham get called up early then we thought. The Sox can't keep trotting Fields out there, so unless they make a trade, could we see Beckham playing 3rd soon?
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Re: Gordon Beckham

Postby Slow Pitch » Fri May 29, 2009 12:20 pm

I think he will be up by July 1st.
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Re: Gordon Beckham

Postby hett2333 » Fri May 29, 2009 1:32 pm

He just got called up to AAA.
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Re: Gordon Beckham

Postby warner892001 » Fri May 29, 2009 4:18 pm

what type of numbers is he capable of putting up in the majors? the stuff i read was comparing Beckham to Soriano- is that an equal comparison?
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Re: Gordon Beckham

Postby Havok1517 » Fri May 29, 2009 4:45 pm

warner892001 wrote:what type of numbers is he capable of putting up in the majors? the stuff i read was comparing Beckham to Soriano- is that an equal comparison?


Nah, Utley is closer to his ceiling as Soriano runs and Beckham doesn't.
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Re: Gordon Beckham

Postby warner892001 » Fri May 29, 2009 4:46 pm

so Beckham can hit .300 like utley and hit 20-25 hrs a year?
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Re: Gordon Beckham

Postby Steve-o » Fri May 29, 2009 5:51 pm

warner892001 wrote:so Beckham could hit .300 like utley and hit 20-25 hrs a year?


Fixed it. That's probably his ceiling.
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Re: Gordon Beckham

Postby sixer03fan » Thu Jun 04, 2009 12:02 pm

He's being called up:

http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/pr ... p&c_id=cws

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have announced that prior to tomorrow's game vs. the Oakland A's they will purchase the contract of infielder Gordon Beckham from Class AAA Charlotte and designate infielder Wilson Betemit for assignment.

Beckham, 22, was the White Sox first-round selection (No. 8 overall) in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Georgia. He will reach the major leagues just 364 days after being drafted on June 5, 2008.

The 6-foot-0, 190-pounder combined to hit .326 (57-175) with 23 doubles, four home runs and 25 RBI in 45 combined games this season between Class AA Birmingham and Class AAA Charlotte. He appeared in 32 games at shortstop, eight at third base, four at second and one at designated hitter. Six of his seven starts at Charlotte were at third base.

Beckham began the season with Birmingham, batting .299 (44-147) with four homers, 17 doubles, four homers and 22 RBI in 38 games to earn a promotion to Charlotte on May 28. He hit safely in all seven of his games with the Knights, going 13-28 (.464) with six doubles and three RBI.

Beckham, a career .322 hitter (75-233) in 59 minor-league games, will be the third member of the 2008 draft class to reach the major leagues, joining Detroit's Ryan Perry (No. 21) and Arizona's Daniel Schlereth (No. 26), and the first position player.

He will be the fastest White Sox No. 1 draft choice to reach the majors since Alex Fernandez was selected fourth overall on June 4, 1990 and made his debut on August 2 of that season at Milwaukee, a span of 58 days. Beckham, a native of Atlanta, also will become the fastest Sox position player drafted in the first round to debut since shortstop Lee Richard was taken No. 6 overall in 1970 before making Chicago's Opening Day roster in 1971.

Beckham entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 Prospect in the White Sox organization. He was named the SEC Player of the Year and a First-Team All-America in 2008 after hitting .411 with 28 home runs, 77 RBI and 97 runs scored to lead the Bulldogs to a runner-up finish at the College World Series. Beckham's 28 home runs were a school record and tied for the NCAA lead.

Betemit, 27, batted .200 (9-45) with three RBI in 20 games with the White Sox this season. He was acquired from the Yankees on November 13, 2008 as part of a five-player deal.
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