Gordon Beckham started the season with the Braves, seeing regular playing time all over the infield during the first half of the season. The former first-round draft pick continued to struggle at the plate, producing a paltry .217/.300/.354 slash line in Atlanta before being dealt to the Giants in the final week of the regular season in exchange for cash considerations. He only saw five plate appearances with San Francisco and did not record a hit. The only positive metric was his 9.3 percent walk rate. The infielder posted a poor 79 percent contact rate with little power to speak of -- simply put, he isn't getting it done offensively at the major league level. After signing with the Giants in February, he'll compete for a reserve infield spot during spring training, although that's about where his ceiling lies unless injuries strike San Francisco's regulars.
Beckham was granted his release from the Giants on Thursday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Beckham initially joined the Giants in a September trade with the Braves last season, and the 30-year-old re-signed with a minor league deal with the club in February. He slashed just .194/.268/.250 through 36 spring at-bats, and the Giants proved to be too deep in the infield to keep him around. Beckham will now look to catch on as infield depth elsewhere.
Beckham signed a minor league contract with the Giants on Wednesday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. Beckham will compete with Jae-Gyun Hwang and others for an infield spot on the 25-man roster. The 30-year-old played in only three games for San Fransisco last September after being acquired from the Braves. Never known for his hitting, Beckham batted just .217 with 30 RBI in 88 games last season and likely won't get many opportunities in a crowded Giants infield - even if he does make the squad.
Beckham could be in line to see starts both Friday and Saturday if Eduardo Nunez (hamstring) is indeed shutdown for the remainder of the regular season, CSN Bay Area. With two lefties lined up to start for the Dodgers this weekend, the newly-acquired Beckham could see his first start at the hot corner this weekend. The veteran infielder was acquired from the Braves to form a platoon with Conor Gillaspie for however long Nunez remains sidelined. Beckham is batting just .233 with two homers in 40 at-bats against southpaws this season, so he is nothing more than a punt play in daily formats if he does indeed get a start Friday.
Beckham was traded to the Giants in exchange for cash considerations Tuesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Following Dansby Swanson's promotion to the big leagues, Beckham was limited to a bench role for the Braves, although he did take a solid .290 batting average into the All-Star break prior to playing a part-time role afterward. The Giants are likely hoping that he can provide a veteran presence off the bench during the home stretch of the season and provide some depth to an infield that has battled various injuries over the course of the season.
Beckham has been added to the lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals, Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reports. Jace Peterson was initially set to start at second base Friday, but he was a late scratch due to a left ankle sprain. Beckham will take over at second base and bat sixth in the order against Washington's Max Scherzer.