Meet Gordon Beckham, who made his major league debut Thursday for the Chicago White Sox against the Oakland A’s. Read more about his debut and biography, plus photos and video below.
Gordon Beckham, a first round draft pick in 2008, made his major league debut Thursday when the White Sox played the Oakland A’s. Just how did the 22-year-old do? He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
White Sox GM Ken Williams had this to say about Beckham’s debut:
“The fact of the matter is I was confident enough in him out of spring training that if the need arose that this guy could contribute,” Williams added. “He’s a special guy. We won’t treat him that way, and he doesn’t need to feel he has to carry the team. He’s just a part of it. He has a special makeup.
“It’s not unheard of for young guys to struggle when they first come up, and I’m not saying he won’t. But he’s not going anywhere.”
Beckham has been widely talked about since his being drafted in the first round last year. A former shortstop for the University of Georgia, he started the season at Birmingham, and a few weeks back he was moved to third base. He was moved up to Class AAA Charlotte just last week. With Beckham’s major league debut coming 364 days after he was drafted, he becomes the fastest White Sox first round pick to make it to the majors since Alex Fernandez did in 1990, where he made it in 58 days. Check out his minor league stats here.
As a biography, Gordon Beckham was born on September 16, 1986 in Atlanta, Georgia, so his age is 22. He attended The Westminster Schools, a private high school, where he played both baseball and football.
He went on to the University of Georgia where he played shortstop. He helped lead the team to the College World Series and was named Freshman All-American.
In 2007, as a sophomore, he had 13 home runs, 51 RBI and started all of the 56 games at shortstop.
In his junior year, he made All-SEC First Team and was chosen as the SEC Player of the Year. Additionally, he was an All-American, Academic All-American and a finalist for the NCAA Player of the Year.
Beckham was the eighth pick overall by the Chicago White Sox in the 2008 MLB Draft. He made his major league debut on June 4th, 2009 against the Oakland Athletics.
See more photos and video of Gordon Beckham below.
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