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  1. Bottom line: Don’t go into 2012 relying on Beckham to start. If you have room on your bench, give him a look (so long as he’s cheap). Make sure the opportunity cost makes sense, you should only roster him if you can afford to sit him for months at a time without hurting your totals. If your bench is shallow and your league isn’t ultra deep, Beckham’s an easy avoid candidate.

    Comment by Brad Johnson — November 7, 2011 @ 10:48 am

  2. Let’s keep in mind he came up as a 3B and had to transition to 2B in 2010 and learn on the fly. He had a strong defensive season at 2B this year — at just 25, and likely having settled in at the new position now, I’d be willing to give him a shot at least as a watch list guy, or on the bench in deeper leagues.

    You mention all his rates went down, but fail to notice his LD% has increased each year. At least that is one positive ;)

    Comment by Matt — November 7, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

  3. I’m certain the coaching in Chicago was of no use to him. That staff seemed helpless watching Dunn and Beckham slide lower and lower last season. With all his inherent talent, Beckham has to bust out one day (ala Alex Gordon) and I bet a change of scenery or new hitting coach would do wonders. I’m definitely keeping an eye on him and will be ready to pounce when he finally locks in.

    Comment by Luke — November 8, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

  4. Whitesox hitting coach Greg Walker resigned at the end of the season and is now in Atlanta. I’m sure he’ll get around to ‘fixing’ Heyward.

    Comment by jason — November 8, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

  5. This article implies that Beckham’s ability to recognize a type of pitch is still strong, but he can’t make good contact with the ball and is overly aggressive at the plate. Those problems indicate that his mechanics and approach is lacking development.

    Beckham should probably use one more full year in AA or AAA before being rejoining the big leagues.

    Comment by Brian — December 6, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

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