Player Watch: Gordon Beckham

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In a 10 to 7 hit parade, Beckham went 3 for 4 with one run and two rbi’s—a triple short of hitting for the cycle—against the Los Angeles Angels. Gordon Beckham is one of the future stars of the Chicago White Sox and has been a nice steal at 3B in fantasy baseball.. At 23 the second year player has already opened eyes around the league and pasted a slot on fantasy cheat sheets. Quite frankly, his bat took a little longer to show up than what was expected but not to worry. There will be more of Beckham in the upcoming season. In 378 at bats last year he posted modest numbers: 58-runs scored, 14-hr’s, 63-rbi’s, 7-sb’s, .270 ba. His previous position being 3B, is one of the shallowest pool of players in the game. He will be playing 2B with the White Sox this season which will qualify him there as well, increasing his versatility and boosting his draft value. Gordon’s full power potential can’t be realized at such a young age but his approach at the plate is what will make him a star. His minor league batting average in 2009 before being called up was .326. He had a .378 on base percentage and a .526 slugging percentage.  Those numbers will translate to the major league sooner than later. Gordon was drafted 8th overall in the ’08 draft then moved quickly through the minors. In 2010 expect 80-85 runs scored, 25 hr’s, 85 rbi’s, 10 sb’s, .280 batting average, and he is still a sleeper in some leagues. He may fall as far as the 11th or 12th round. He comes with some risk but his upside makes him a bargain on draft day.

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