Monday, April 13, 2009

Looking in on Beckham

I took the time to catch my local minor league baseball team, the Birmingham Barons, take on the Chattanooga Lookouts on Sunday night. I like to catch a game every week or so throughout the summer. This was my first game this year, though. It should be an exciting year in Birmingham. We have the top four prospects in the White Sox organization on the squad to start the season, including star shortstop Gordon Beckham. On Sunday, he did not disappoint. He went 1-3 with a run scored and an RBI. He also walked twice, including an intentional walk in a rain-soaked, emotionally-charged 10th inning that ultimately would be the final inning as the Barons prevailed 7-6. His one hit was a double that barely kicked up some chalk down the left field line and should have scored two if 2B Robbie Hudson hadn't gotten the stop sign at third base. Needless to say, Beckham will be a star for the White Sox very soon, and if your keeper or dynasty rules allow it, you should roster him now.
There are quite a few future major leaguers on this team, but the one who impressed me the most was OF John Shelby, who looked extremely comfortable at the plate and in the field. He got the Barons into the game in a key 7th inning when he hit a double into the gap in left with the bases loaded. He also showed a lot of patience at the plate with two walks.
I'll check in occasionally with updates on Beckham, Shelby, and also SP Aaron Poreda, 1B Brandon Allen, and 3B/DH Dayan Viciedo, as well as anyone else that catches my eye at future games.

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