Aug 17, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham (15) makes a play against the Toronto Blue Jays during the eighth inning at U.S Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 7-5. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox announced on Thursday they’ve traded former first round draft pick Gordon Beckham to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for cash considerations and a player to be named later.
In their press release the White Sox said of Beckham the trade in the release:
"“Beckham owns the second (.9899 in 2012) and third (.9889 in 2011) highest fielding percentages by a second baseman in White Sox history, trailing only Nellie Fox’s .9901 mark in 1962. He owns a .981 fielding percentage this season.”"
That said, the former White Sox second baseman also is batting .221 this season with 86 hits (24 doubles) and seven home runs.
He was a really good defensive player for the White Sox most of the time, but offensively he struggled.
The 27-year old Beckham has just 36 RBIs this season in 101 games in ’14.
Beckham was drafted by the White Sox in 2008, as he played collegiate baseball for the Georgia Bulldogs.
He made his MLB debut in June 2009. For his career with the White Sox, Beckham has a career batting average of .244 with 61 home runs and 27 RBIs.
The best season by Beckham came in ’09, his rookie season, where he had a career-high 63 RBIs and a career-high batting average of .270 that season in 103 games.
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Beckham played in over 100 games in each of his six seasons with the White Sox, but never seemed to live up to the first round draft status.
It is a shame Beckham never panned out like he should have at the plate with the White Sox, because he was a good guy on the “Good Guys,” off the field. But what matters is production, and it just never came at the plate for him.
Beckham is still young, and maybe he can fix his approach at the plate with the Angels. Overall this was a needed move by the White Sox as they couldn’t trade him during the actual non-waiver trade deadline in late July.
Now I’m interested in seeing who will be the next second baseman of the White Sox on Friday when they face the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
Thoughts on the trade?