Gordon Beckham was seen as one of the most promising prospects in the last decade for the Chicago White Sox. Beckham was selected as the eighth overall pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of Georgia, where he was a Freshman All-American and was a Golden Spikes Award (most outstanding amateur baseball player) finalist in his junior season.
After just under one calendar year, Beckham’s contract was bought out by the White Sox and he became the starting third baseman after moving from his natural position at shortstop during his stint in the minors.
Fast-forward to another position change and five years later, Beckham’s tenure in the Windy City is over.
The rumors about Beckham’s time ending in Chicago had been swirling for months and all of them came to fruition on Thursday night.
The trade came during the “dog days” of the season, where Los Angeles is in serious contention for the American League West title (leading by two games over Oakland) and the White Sox are 11 1/2 games out of the lead in the American League Central.
What seemed as such a promising start to a long career on Chicago’s South Side for Gordon Beckham, turned to disappointment and a lack of production over 5+ seasons.
After winning the Sporting News American League Rookie of the Year voting in 2009, Beckham did not hit higher than .267 (2013, missed all of May with a wrist issue) and was in the midst of his worst season with the White Sox this year.
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Beckham was one of the better defensive second basemen (in the top-5 in least amount of errors committed by AL second basemen the last four seasons), but the continued lack of production continued to frustrate White Sox fans.
Plus, with the talent at second base in the White Sox farm system, Beckham (along with those affiliated with the White Sox) knew that his time could be coming to a close.
So, what’s next for the White Sox at second base for the remainder of 2014?
There hasn’t been official word from the White Sox on who will start at second base on Friday night against the New York Yankees, but most would assume that it will be Carlos Sanchez (who was called up for one game in July vs. Cleveland) this weekend. Marcus Semien (the No. 5 prospect in the White Sox organization, according to Baseball America) is still expected to see time in Chicago during the final month of the season.
Gordon Beckham had some final words for the White Sox organization and fan base via his Twitter account: