kab21 wrote:His HOT May resulted in a .744 OPS and his biggest problem is that he still isn't walking and expanding the zone. it looks like there has been some improvement and there's really nothing lost by picking him up but I would temper your expectations.
For those of us who have had to live through a Weeks/Zobrist platoon at 2B this year, Beckham seems like the second coming at this point.
He clearly lost his swing after his very good rookie season and he has been experimenting with a few different things in the box ever since. It certainly didn't help that the White Sox were employing the worst hitting coach in the AL over that time frame. I should hope that a return to the mechanics he used in 08/09 would jump-start his bat, because if they don't he really might be a lost cause. As it stands, he's on pace for about 24 home runs and 90 runs. A few more walks would be nice, especially considering who hits behind him, but I will take that kind of production from a waiver wire scrap heap pickup in June.
I think a realistic -- and maybe glass half-full? -- expectation for Beckham's last 100 games would be .255-55-12-45-5. Not great, but good enough. The lack of steals is unfortunate, specifically because he has better than average speed, but he just hasn't figured out that aspect of the game at this level. Too bad considering he looked like might be a 25/25 guy when he was drafted.