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9/16/1986 (30 y, 5 m, 11 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 8, Overall: 8, Team: Chicago White Sox
$0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
Beckham signed a minor league contract with the Giants on Wednesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. (2/8/2017)
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Year in Review:
The eighth-overall pick in the 2008 amateur draft, Beckham had the reputation as a good hitter, but there were doubts if he had the range to play shortstop in the Majors. He confirmed he could hit at the top level, as he posted a .270/.347/.460 line in 103 games as a 22-year-old, but nothing was learned about his defense at short, as he played all 102 games in the field at third base. In 2009, 24 people played at least 750 innings at third and Beckham ranked 14th with a -0.8 UZR/150. Concerns about his range seemed well-founded, as he posted a -2.3 RngR at the hot corner. But at the plate, Beckham more than held his own. His wOBA of .351 and his ISO of .190 were both in the top half of third basemen with more than 300 at-bats, with the latter mark good for 12th among 47 hitters.
The Year Ahead:
Beckham enjoyed his best power month of the season when he hit six homers in September. Overall, he had 14 homers in 378 at-bats, but with a 10.4% HR/FB ratio thanks to a 43% FB rate, Beckham has a sustainable HR/FB mark and a solid FB% and should reach 25+ homers over a full season. Plus, there is room for growth if he can take advantage of his home park. U.S. Cellular Field has the reputation of a good home-run park (ESPN ranked it fourth-best for homers with a 1.193 park factor in 2009), yet Beckham hit just four of his 14 bombs at home. Meanwhile, his .270 average came with a .294 BABIP. In his brief minor league career, Beckham had a .356 BABIP. Combined with his pedigree of being a top hitter at the University of Georgia, it seems likely Beckham will increase his average in 2010, too. (Brian Joura)
Gordon Beckham went through a serious sophomore slump, dropping from .270/.347/.460 in 2009 to .252/.317/.378 in 2010. A high HR/FB of 10.4% in 2009 regressed down to 6.9% in 2010, while his ground-ball rate increased. Beckham’s plate discipline was worse, as well, as 2010 saw Beckham striking out more and walking less per plate appearance. The once-top prospect is still 24, so he has time to come around to be worth a shot at in fantasy. Beckham’s ceiling may look like .300/.360/.500, his minor league numbers being close to those, aided by a higher BABIP. In two seasons with the major-league ball club, Beckham couldn’t hit higher than .300 BABIP. His isolated power dropped tremendously in 2010; after averaging over an ISO of .190 his entire professional career and throughout the minors, Beckham managed an ISO of just .126 in 2010. If Beckham can regain his power, improve his plate discipline, and turn around his BABIP, he would be a good offensive option at second base. That’s a lot of ifs. (Albert Lyu)
The Quick Opinion:
Beckham went through a serious sophomore slump, especially in his HR and isolated-power numbers. He must also improve his plate discipline and BABIP in order to be a good option at 2B.
Supposedly a polished prospect that would hit the majors quickly. Gordon Beckham proved the report correct by managing 430 .270/.347/.460 plate appearances a year after he was drafted. Unfortunately, all Beckham has done since is regress. His walk rate, strikeout rate, swinging strike rate, reach rate and isolated power have all gone in the wrong direction since. Since he's now been pretty terrible for 1000+ PAs and was only good for those first 400 PAs, it's hard to keep waiting for that bounce back. If you set your sites on 2010 as a possibility, then he might make for a decent pick: .250 with double-digit home runs and five stolen bases doesn't make for a ton of upside, though. (Eno Sarris)
The Quick Opinion:
Don't keep waiting for Gordon Beckham to be the Gordon Beckham he debuted as. Since 2009, he's spent twice as long being below average as he did being (slightly) above average.
The perennial shallowness of second base is doubtless why many keep hoping against hope that Beckham will emerge from his three-year battle with horribleness, but it's just not going to happen the way we once hoped for him. He still runs hot and cold, so if an injury to your starting second baseman happens to coincide with one of his hot streaks, you might be able to get league average production out of him. But when the pendulum swings back, the bottom falls out, and that's how Beckham's final lines end up so far below his peak performances. Even with the good news in his peripherals last season -- an improvement upon a three-year decline in isolated slugging percentage, walk rate, and swinging strike rate -- it would take batted ball luck like he's never seen to push his average far past .260. And with those counting stats, he needs a better batting average to be anything but a deep league bench player. (Dan Wade)
The Quick Opinion:
After his emergence in 2009, anyone who predicted that Beckham would struggle to break a .750 OPS again would have been put down for their idiocy at the time. Now, that same prophet would be burned at the stake for clearly being a witch, as Beckham hasn't seen an OPS above .695 since his rookie year.
Beckham actually hit really well before a wrist injury sidelined him for nearly two months. Through the first three months of the season, he batted over .300. Most of that was batted-ball-luck-fueled, of course, but it was promising to see Beckham finally hit in the majors again. His numbers took a huge fall once he returned. Beckham hit .240 in August, and .210 in September. It's tough to know how much of that was due to the injury, and how much was batting average on balls in play decline. Given that he hasn't been a useful fantasy asset since 2009, he's not going to draw a lot of attention on draft day. Given he isn't projected for more than 14 combined homers and steals or a good batting average, that's probably wise. (
The Quick Opinion:
Beckham did show some promise last season, but it's unclear how legitimate his gains were. A wrist injury completely sapped him of any hitting ability, and makes him a big question mark heading into 2014.
When you come into the league as a 22-year-old and post an above-average season when judged by wins above replacement, you're given a lot of opportunities to succeed. Beckham's rookie campaign is the high water mark of his career, but he's only 28 years old. Moreover, his peripherals are almost an identical match for a much better player -- Daniel Murphy. He's back with the White Sox, who still haven't yet figured out second base. If he's lucky, he'll figure out how to post the .320 batting average on balls in play that have made Murphy a valuable major leaguer -- that would help him beat out favorite Micah Johnson and backup plans Carlos Sanchez and Emilio Bonifacio. (Brad Johnson)
The Quick Opinion:
The poor man's Daniel Murphy, Beckham needs to figure out how to squeak out a few more hits before he can make good on the promise he flashed in 2009. Until then, he's a utility infielder.
Like his pal Tyler Flowers, Beckham has landed in Atlanta after an uninspiring stint with the White Sox. He'll probably have some sort of weird utility role where he'll split time with Kelly Johnson backing up at second and third base, or playing a fair amount of time based on what happens with Adonis Garcia. But ultimately, he and Johnson are more likely to make a good buddy cop series than provide fantasy value for owners in 2016. It's truly a shame, as Beckham will spend most of the season at age 29, and looked like he was really going to be solid when he debuted in 2009 as a 22-year-old. He's hit just .238/.298/.358 since. Few teams have less to lose than the Braves by giving him a shot, but even with their gutted infield, it looks like Beckham will be on the back burner. (Brandon Warne)
The Quick Opinion:
Beckham probably won't see the field too much, even for what's likely to be a pretty bad Braves team. Stay away.
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