Saturday, January 22, 2011

Gordon Beckham to bat second

The White Sox will bat Gordon Beckham second in their lineup to start the season, per Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.

Beckham, who was the eighth overall pick in 2008, struggled mightily in the first half of 2010.

Before the All-Star break, Beckham hit only .216 and three home runs in 273 at bats. His batting average in the first three months: .235, .159 and .233.

After the break, however, Beckham hit .310 with six home runs in 171 at bats.

In early mock drafts, Beckham is the 16th second baseman and 200th player selected, according to Mock Draft Central.