The Chicago White Sox have looked like a division leader in their first three games, taking two out of three from the Kansas City Royals. When you start well, you have to evaluate what you are doing right. For the White Sox, they have been getting solid play from sure handed second baseman, Gordon Beckham.
Starting out of the gate well is always what Major League Baseball teams shoot for. Beckham has enabled the White Sox to accomplish that goal. Hitting 5 for 9 with a walk, combined with a .566 BA and a .600 OBP, has ignited the White Sox. Beckham has also played great defense with nine putouts, zero errors and four double plays in 27 innings.
Beckham hopes his start can continue. He has a career .246 BA, .313 OBP, and a .383 SLG percentage. Last season he gave the White Sox 16 home runs and 60 RBI. If he can improve on that total, Beckham could very well rise to an All-Star caliber ballplayer. He is definitely talented enough to be one.
A two star athlete in high school playing both football and baseball, Beckham received a scholarship to the University of Georgia. He was named a Freshman All-American, started all 56 games his sophomore year, and as a junior made the All-SEC team. He led the NCAA in home runs his junior year, and he was also an Academic All-American.
At 26, Beckham is enjoying his fifth season in MLB. He has spent all of them with the White Sox. He is only signed through this year, and if he continues his rise, the White Sox will have to give him a healthy raise. If he keeps climbing, they will be more than willing to do just that.