This week the Chicago White Sox traded second baseman Gordon Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and while what they will get in return may not amount to much, it will give the White Sox a chance to play some of their middle infield prospects before the 2014 season ends.
With Beckham gone, here is a snapshot of Beckham’s career on the South Side.
Beckham’s best year was 2009, which was his first season with the big club. He had career highs in batting average (.270), doubles (28), RBIs (63), walks (41) and stolen bases (7).
In 2010, all of Beckham’s numbers slipped except for triples (two triples instead of one).
Beckham had five less homers in ’10 finishing with nine, fourteen less RBI’s (49), three less stolen bases (4) and only hit fir a .252 average.
Was the decline because pitchers adjusted to him? Who knows, and could Beckham’s problems at the plate be due to a lack of ability to adjust?
The following season (2011) was a terrible year for Beckham, as he only managed to hit .239 and strikeout 111 times. The 111 strikeouts is bad considering the fact that he only hit 10 home runs and walked 35 times.
By 2012, Beckham had still yet to figure out how to hit consistently at the MLB level.
While he did hit 16 home runs and knock in 60 runners, his batting average was low at .234. That season he played in the most games ever in one year for him (151).
While pretty much every year Beckham struggled at the plate, in 2013 he didn’t look that poor.
Barring injuries he may have actually had a good season, considering he hit .335 in the first half. The problem with looking at that stat is he was hurt for a lot of the first half of that year. Beckham, while banged up in the second half only managed to hit .216 after the break.
Come 2014, which was his final campaign with the White Sox he spent the beginning of the year on the disabled list. When he came back he did hit well, however, went in the tank after that.
At the time he was traded he was hitting .221 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs. His BB/K ratio was 19/70 when traded.
It is safe to say that the White Sox ’08 first round pick was a disappointment.
Was it the fact that he failed to make adjustments at the plate?
He was able to field, considering he was always one of the better second baseman defensively in the game. This trade ultimately is to allow another of the White Sox youth to get to the majors, and to develop a core for the next decade for Sox fans to come.