2011 Fantasy Baseball Profile: Will Gordon Beckham Breakout?
Gordon Beckham was the eight pick in the 2008 Amateur Draft after his .411, 97 runs, 28 HRs, 77 RBI, 17 SBs season for the University of Georgia. He tore through the Minors hitting .322 with 40 runs, 7 HRs, 33 RBI, and two SBs in 59 games for Single-A Kannapolis, Double-A Birmingham, and Triple-A Charlotte.
His adjustment to the Majors went swimmingly as he hit .270 with 58 runs, 14 HRs, 63 RBI, and seven SBs as a rookie with the White Sox in 2009. He was highly regarded heading into last year.
He started the season hitting just .216 with a .277 on-base percentage, a .304 slugging percentage, and .581 OPS before the All-Star Break. He had just one HR and ten RBI in the first two months of the season.
He flipped a switch following the break though as he hit .310 with a .380 OBP, .497 SLG, and a .877 OPS the rest of the way. He has six HRs and 27 RBI in his final 171 at bats after having just three and 22 in his first 273.
Unfortunately the struggles returned for Beckham in September. He had just six hits in 32 ABs (.188) with two runs and two RBI. With just two good months on the year, Beckham won’t be as popular in fantasy drafts.
That gets me excited. Who doesn’t like a good bargain? He’s expected to hit second in the White Sox lineup, one that added Adam Dunn to go along with Alex Rios, Paul Konerko, and Carlos Quentin. With Juan Pierre setting the table, and wreaking havoc on the basepaths, along with Beckham’s power, he has a chance to have a solid RBI total from the two-hole. With the boppers behind him, he has a good chance to score plenty of runs. I don’t see him as a major SB threat, but that’s just fine if he can provide the power that he’s capable of.
What’s your take? Do you like Beckham in 2011 or not?
Also check out:
- 2011 Fantasy Baseball Profiles
- 2011 Fantasy First Basemen Rankings
- 2011 Fantasy Second Basemen Rankings
- 2011 Fantasy Third Basemen Rankings
- 2011 Fantasy Shortstop Rankings
- 2011 Fantasy Catcher Rankings
- 2011 Fantasy Outfielder Rankings
- 2011 Fantasy Starting Pitcher Rankings
- 2011 Fantasy Closer Rankings