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Gordon Beckham: 2009 AL Rookie of the Year?

Posted on: August 2, 2009 9:05 pm
I honestly cannot express how much man-love I have for Gordon Beckham right now (no homo). Just about everything he does on the field looks good.

Even if he screws up on a grounder, it seems okay because he's not really a third baseman. If he strikes out, you will think, "hey, at least he made the pitcher throw 3 pitches."
Basically, he can do no wrong because he does so much right.

Beckham, the #8 overall pick out of the University of Georgia in last year's draft, was not even an official member of the White Sox one year ago to this day. Yet, here he is in Chicago, hitting .311 with an .860 OPS, and 17, yes count 'em, 17 doubles while the White Sox are in the midst of a battle for the AL Central. Talk about being a stud.

His defense might not be sparkling with his -3.4 UZR (which translates to a -7.3 UZR/150), but he is a natural middle infielder, not a corner infielder. It's extremely hard to adjust to a new position that requires much faster reflexes. Thus, his bad defense to this point is excusable. The good thing is that he seems to be improving, at least I think so. But then again, nothing he does looks bad in my eyes.

Possibly the best quality (or intangible) that Beckham has is the way he goes about his business. He looks poised at the plate, he has the mindset of, "I'm better and I'm going to shove this ball up your ass if I have to", he thrives in big situations, and he has a good time while doing all of this. At this point in his career, he probably isn't a leader vocally, but he can sure back up his swagger with his play on the field.

His skillset reminds me a lot of Michael Young and his ability to lead almost reminds me of Derek Jeter. It's very early to put Gordon into the Young and Jeter category right now as both of those guys are accomplished all-stars and Beckham's nothing but a rookie. However, you can't go wrong thinking this guy can be something special. Sooner or later, his doubles will turn into home runs and he'll be considered one of the premiere middle infielders in the league.

In a year where there are very few rookie sensations in the American League, Beckham looks to be one of the front-runners for the award if he continues his fine play. His opponents include guys like Nolan Reimold, David Price, Rick Porcello, Matt Wieters, Brad Bergesen, Jeff Niemann, Ricky Romero, Elvis Andrus, and Andrew Bailey. I might be missing some, but those are some rookies out there who have put up good numbers.

In my opinion, Beckham's main opponents are Andrus, Romero, Porcello, and Niemann. If anything, Andrus will be his biggest competetion since he is an every day player. Niemann, Romero, and Porcello have been decent, but not stellar enough to possibly beat out a position player of Beckham's magnitude.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2009 1:12 pm

Gordon Beckham: 2009 AL Rookie of the Year?

I put Wieters in there just because I think he's going to start hitting better down the line this year.

Beckham's definitely the best offensive player of the bunch. He has a .852 OPS while playing 3rd base. You don't see that very often. His wOBA is around those of Chipper Jones, Evan Longoria, and Ryan Zimmerman. That's some elite company.

Andrus is the best defensive player of the bunch. He may not be that good of a hitter, but his WAR (wins above replacement) is at a 1.9, which is pretty good for a rookie.

Reimold has been decent offensively, but not good defensively. He's been decent.

Romero is pretty good. 10-5 with a ERA in the mid-3s. However, I question giving the award to a pitcher. ROY is pretty much the MVP award for rookies and I don't think a pitcher should win it unless he's just that much better than the rest of his class.

Porcello would have been my pick a couple of months ago and Jeff Niemann's definitely been better than mediocre. He's one of the better pitchers on the TB staff.

Bard is a bullpen arm. I don't think he'll come close. Although he does play for Boston.

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: August 10, 2009 11:13 pm

Gordon Beckham: 2009 AL Rookie of the Year?

Beckhams good, but i dont see him as the front runner. Although he may be the savior of our future, i dont think wieters is even in the discussion. He hasnt put up the numbers yet. Romero is a stud, i definitely think you have to look at him. Neiman, ah no, hes been mediocre at best. Nobodys really givin love to Nolan Reimold. Honestly i think its between him and romero, with porcello and beckham close behind. Dont forget Brad Bergesen, before going on the DL with a leg contusion, he was simply dealin. I think people might be suprised to see 2 orioles in the mix for this award, and more suprised that one of them is NOT Matt Wieters.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2009 3:16 pm

Gordon Beckham: 2009 AL Rookie of the Year?


Better than Halladay?

I like Ricky Romero, but Halladay's ERA is 3/4 of a run lower.

Beckham's OPS+ is 120. That's 20% better than the average hitter.

How's he average?

You should stick to basketball.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2009 12:09 pm

Gordon Beckham: 2009 AL Rookie of the Year?

Come on BucFan, look at his stats through 51 games and expand those out to a full season.

.311 avg
.374 obp
.486 slg
54 doubles
16 hr
114 rbi
83 runs
13 steals

That seems above average for any player let alone rookies. Once he gets more games under his belt, I think he'll be the favorite for ROY.

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2009 10:26 pm

Gordon Beckham: 2009 AL Rookie of the Year?

Dude, other than BA, Beckhams numbers are AVERAGE. Not even close to Romero, and behind Neiman too. Romero and Neiman have both been the best pitchers on their staffs this year (yes, better than Halladay). Sorry, but no.

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