Gordon Beckham: AL Rookie of the Year?
Gordon Beckham didn’t play his first game for the White Sox until June 4 and was 0-13 after his first four games and was 2-28 after eight games.
Beckham ended the month of June hitting .267. After the first eight games he hit .382 going 18-47 to end the month of July.
He has been hot in the last five games with a five game hitting streak that raised his average from .245 to .296 and has hit 11-19 in those five games.
ESPN.com which is the only website that I know of that has separate stats for rookies shows Beckham hitting .282 but doesn’t include his three hit game of yesterday while he is hitting .296. His closest competitor is Brett Gardner who is hitting .282.
Beckham is fourth in homers with three but four of the players have more at bats than Beckham with Elvis Andrus having 118 more at bats. The rookie leader is Nolan Reimold with nine but he has 54 more at bats than Beckham.
Reimold also leads AL rookies in RBI’s with 25 while Beckham and White Sox teammate Chris Getz are second with 22 each and Gets has batted 122 times more than Beckham.
Among rookies with at least 100 at bats Beckham is leading with a .364 on base percentage. Jayson Nix another White Sox rookie leads the AL rookies in slugging percentage with a .464 mark with Reimold at .458 and Beckham slugging .440.
Beckham has a .804 OPS which is best among all AL rookies. Beckham is third best among all major leaugue rookies with his .296 batting average. Only Ryan Hanigan hitting .329 for the Reds and Casey McGehee hitting .321 for the Brewers have higher averages.
Beckham is hitting .340 for the month of July with a .520 slugging percentage during the month.
The White Sox leader in OBP is Jim Thome with a .408 mark and only Jermaine Dye and Scott Podsednik are ahead of fourth place Beckham and his .364 OBP.
Paul Konerko and Scott Podsednik are tied for the team batting lead with .303 averages. Jermaine Dye is next with a .302 average and Beckham is third with a .296 average which is only seven points behind Konerko and Podsednik.
By the time the last pitch has been made this season I look for Beckham to be leading the AL rookies in several categories.
The White Sox will be an even stronger offensive team when Carlos Quentin returns and I look for DeWayne Wise to be released. He has had enough chances to prove he is not a good hitter. Mark Buehrle is getting on base more than Wish with a .250 mark to the .240 OBP of Wise.
With the additon of Quentin the White Sox will have Thome, Dye, Konerko, Ramirez, Pierzynski, Beckham all in the lineup for the first time this season at the same time. All seven players are capable of hitting a home run when the team needs one most.
If the White Sox make it to the playoffs Gordon Beckham should be one of the reasons they make it.