Gordon Beckham A Rare Bright Spot For Chicago White Sox In 2013

By Randy Holt
Gordon Beckham
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The Chicago White Sox have not had the 2013 season that many expected. Sure, after hanging around in the playoff race longer than anyone had expected them to, a regression wouldn’t have been a surprise. But they’ve been one of the worst teams in baseball during this 2013 season.

However, they have had a couple of bright spots. Perhaps the most surprising of those rare bright spots for the Sox has been that of Gordon Beckham. While he’s currently out with an injury, Beckham has seen that giant question mark on his tenure in Chicago disappear, and he’s re-established himself with the club this year.

His season got off the ground late because of injury, perhaps making this season even more impressive for the infielder. He’s been limited to just 293 plate appearances so far this season, but has been the most consistent hitter out of this lineup, rebounding from two seasons in which his average hovered around .230.

Beckham’s numbers on the season overall are mighty impressive. He’s hitting .296 for the year, and getting on base at a .346 clip. Even more impressive, his strike rate is down significantly. His wRC+ is just above league average as well, going for 103 on the season to this point.

A strong season from Beckham may not lock him into the White Sox lineup for the future, as they could look to sell heavily this winter. But it would make him a top commodity on the trade market. He’s a guy that can play all over the infield, and hit all over the order. Regardless of what happens in that respect, Beckham has firmly established himself as an every day MLBer again, which is an extremely refreshing sight after the way the last couple of years have gone for him.

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