Break Out Player: This is it for Gordon Beckham
. I believe Gordon knows it to, he was drafted in the first round of the draft in 2008 (8th Overall). There was lots of hype surrounding him in college and in the minors. A lot of baseball “experts” believed he was the next Ian Kinsler/Michael Young type. He dominated the minors posting a .894 OPS in A, AA, & AAA. (259 AB’s) Gordon was called up in June 2009, and struggled at first, but as July came he started to dominate and finished the 2009 season by posting a .808 OPS and finished 5th in ROY voting, but did win Sporting News ROY. Now since then it’s been all downhill offensively. He posted a slash line of .252/.317.378 in 2010 and .230/.296/.337 in 2011. Although with his struggles at the plate Beckham’s defense never took a back seat. A career SS in college he played 3B in 2009 and struggled a bit with the new position and was eventually moved to 2B where he has dominated the position in 2010 & 2011. I am more hoping he will break out then thinking he will. With the White Sox having new coaches and a new manager this season it should help Gordon and I am hoping he will be posting a slash line similar to his 2009 season of .270/.347/.460.