James Gordon Beckham…resides in Atlanta, GA, with his wife, Brittany… graduated from Westminster (GA) High School, where he was four-year starter in baseball and three-year starter in football…played three seasons at University of Georgia (2006- 08)…as junior in 2008, was named SEC Player of the Year and First-Team All-America by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger and American Baseball Coaches Association…his father, Gordon, was a quarterback for University of South Carolina from 1980-82…his father-in-law, Scott Fletcher, played 15 seasons in the Majors.
Went 3-for-17 (.176) with 2 runs, 1 walk and 1 stolen bases in 11 games with Seattle… selected from AAA Tacoma on Sept. 2…hit .262 (86x328) with 37 runs, 16 doubles, 9 home runs, 45 RBI and 20 walks in 83 games with AAA Tacoma.
Appeared in 100 games in his seventh season with the Chicago White Sox. The 100 appearances marked his single-season career low in games played. ... Made 50 starts, including 39 at third base, seven at second and four at shortstop, and posted a .979 fielding percentage (4 E/193 TC). ... Played in 63 games spanning the first three months of the season, April through June, but then appeared in just 37 contests, July through the end of the season. ... As a pinch-hitter, went 3-for-15 (.200) with one RBI over 17 contests. ... Recorded a game-tying RBI-single in the ninth inning on 4/20 vs. CLE after entering the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. ... Batted .333 (14-for-42) with one double, one homer and five RBI over an 11-game span (10 starts) from 5/25-6/4. That span included a five-start stretch in which he went 6-for-21 (.286), 5/25-28. ... Drove in the game-ending run with a two-out, RBI-single off CIN's Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning on 5/10 (Mother's Day). It marked his second career game-ending hit (6/27/09 vs. Cubs). ... Connected on his first career game-ending home run - a solo shot - in the 11th inning on 6/21 (Father's Day) vs. TEX. ... Became the first player in Major League history to record game-ending hits on both Mother's Day and Father's Day in the same season (Elias). ... Homered in two of his final five games of the season, 9/21 at Detroit and 9/25 at Yankee Stadium (both solo shots).
Combined to hit .226 (101-446) with 27 doubles, nine home runs and 44 RBI over 127 games between the White Sox and Angels ... was traded to the Angels on 8/21 for a player to be named later (Sox received RHP Yency Almonte on 2/4/15)…Appeared in 105 games (103 starts) at second base, 13 (seven) at third and six (two) at shortstop) ... recorded a .981 fielding percentage (10 E/534 TC)…Hit .293 (34-116) with two homers, 11 RBI and a .780 OPS vs. left-handers, compared to .203 (67-330) with seven home runs, 33 RBI and a .560 OPS vs. righties…Batted .306 in May (34-111) and September (11-36) ... went 10-32 (.313) as the leadoff hitter…Started the season on the disabled list with a strained left oblique...appeared in 12 games at Class AA Birmingham on an injury rehabilitation assignment…Was reinstated from the disabled list on 4/24 and made his season debut that afternoon at Detroit (0-4)...hit safely in eight straight games from 5/5-12 (.343, 12-35) and nine straight from 5/19-28 (.389, 14-36) ... matched his career high with four hits, including a solo home run, on 5/6 at the Cubs…Hit his second career leadoff homer on 5/14 at Oakland (A's John Jaso led off the bottom of the first with a homer)...the Sox hit and allowed a leadoff homer for the first time since 8/17/06 vs. Kansas City (David DeJesus and Pablo Ozuna)…Matched his 2013 home run total of five with a two-run shot on 6/17 vs. San Francisco and surpassed the mark with a solo shot on 6/20 at Minnesota...hit a game-winning, RBI single in the 10th inning on 8/12 at San Francisco…Was traded on 8/21...appeared in 13 games at third base, six at shortstop and five at second with the Angels...hit his first homer with Los Angeles on 8/27 vs. Miami…Appeared in two games of the Angels ALDS loss vs. Kansas City (both as a pinch runner).
Appeared in 103 games with the White Sox, his fewest since his rookie season of 2009 (also 103) … was the Sox recipient of the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award … his .267 average was the second highest of his career (.270 in 2009), while his five home runs and 24 RBI were the fewest … committed 12 errors with a .975 fielding percentage (seven errors and a .990 fielding mark in 2012) … batted .287 (83-289) with four homers and 17 RBI vs. right-handers (.195/1/7 vs. lefties) … hit a combined .306 (57-186) from April-July, compared to .161 (42-261) from August-September … hit .325 (50-154) from the No. 8 spot in the lineup and .294 (20-34) from the No. 7 spot … by contrast, batted .190 (27-142) when hitting second … made his fourth consecutive Opening Day start on 4/1 vs. Kansas City (second base) … matched his career high (third time) with four hits on 4/4 vs. the Royals … was on the disabled list from 4/10-6/2 with a hook of the hamate fracture in his left hand suffered on 4/9 at Washington … appeared in eight injury rehabilitation games at Class AAA Charlotte from 5/18-6/1 … returned to the lineup on 6/3 at Seattle … matched his career high with four hits (fourth time) on 6/5 at Seattle … led off for the fourth time in his career on 6/14 at Houston (1-4) … recorded a seven-game hitting streak from 7/5-11 (.429, 12-28) … tallied three straight multihit games from 7/5-7 at Tampa Bay … made his first two career appearances at shortstop on 7/5 at Tampa Bay and 7/11 at Detroit … stole home on 7/8 vs. the Cubs, the first Sox player to accomplish that feat since Juan Pierre in 2010 … missed five games from 7/21-25 with a strained left wrist … hit leadoff and walked a career-high four times on 8/10 vs. Minnesota, the first Sox No. 1 hitter to walk four times since Scott Podsednik on 5/9/06 vs. the Angels … left the game on 8/15 at Minnesota with a strained right quad … recorded consecutive multihit efforts on 9/3-4 at Yankee Stadium … hit safely in 10 of his final 11 games (.293, 12-41).
Established career highs with 151 games, 123 hits, 16 home runs and 62 runs scored ... ranked fourth in the American League with a .9899 (7 E/698 TC) fielding percentage at second base, the second-best mark in club history behind Nellie Fox (.9901 in 1962) ... committed just two errors over his final 71 games, including a 35-game errorless streak from 8/19-9/28 (161 TC) ... finished second to the Yankees' Robinson Cano (154) in games played at second base ... batted .274 (31-113) with five home runs and 17 RBIs in his final 37 games ... hit .259 (68-263) with 12 homers and 39 RBIs at U.S. Cellular Field and .210 (55-262) with four home runs and 21 RBIs on the road ... owned a .258 average (50-194) with seven homers and 27 RBIs when batting second and .218 (67-308) with eight homers and 32 RBIs in the No. 9 position ... batted .315 (23-73) with three homers and 13 RBIs over 18 interleague games ... hit .261 (30-115) with five home runs and 12 RBIs in May (.153 with no homers and two RBIs in April) ... the .145 average improvement from April to May was the fifth-largest in the AL (STATS LLC) ... tied for eighth in the AL with 20 RBIs in June ... made his third consecutive Opening Day start at second base on 4/6 at Texas ... hit his first home run of the season on 5/1 vs. Cleveland ... homered three times in a span of four games from 5/18-21 ... hit a game-winning solo homer in the eighth inning on 5/18 at the Cubs ... matched his career high with four hits (second time) on 5/27 vs. Cleveland ... collected a career-high tying, 10-game hitting streak from 5/24-6/3 (.333, 16-48) ... recorded his first career multihomer game on 6/1 vs. Seattle ... became just the fourth player (and second Sox player) to hit two home runs in a game off Felix Hernandez (also Brian Anderson on 8/26/05) ... was 3-5 with a home run and a career-high-tying four RBIs on 6/2 vs. Seattle ... hit leadoff for the first time in his career on 7/5 vs. Texas and again on 7/29 at the Rangers ... hit a game-winning solo homer in the eighth inning on 8/6 vs. Kansas City ... the homer was his 10th of the season, matching his total from 2011 ... connected on his first career leadoff home run on 8/7 vs. the Royals ... homered in consecutive games on 9/10-11 vs. Detroit ... the home run on 9/11 was his 15th of the season, surpassing his previous career high (14 in 2009).
Established career highs in sacrifi ce hits (seven), hBP (13), runsscored (60), hits (115), games played (150) and at-bats (499) in his secondfull season with the White Sox...ranked third among American Leaguesecond basemen with a .989 (8 e/723 tc) fielding percentage, the second bestmark in club history behind Nellie Fox in 1962 (.990)...was percentagepoints behind the Angels Howie Kendrick (.992) for the league lead beforecommitting two errors on 9/27 vs. Toronto...also finished second amongAL second baseman in total chances and assists (443) and third in gamesplayed (149)...batted .245 (68-278) with 11 doubles, seven home runs and25 RBI in the first half, and .213 (47-221) with 12 doubles, three homersand 19 RBI after the All-Star Break...seven of his 10 home runs came atU.S. Cellular Field...hit .292 (14-48) during interleague play (.224 vs. theAL)...made his second straight Opening Day start at second base on 4/1at Cleveland...his 59-game errorless streak ended on 5/25 at Texas...missed 5/28-29 after he was hit below his left eye by a relay throw from AlexRios on 5/27 at Toronto...homered in back-to-back games on 6/3-4 vs.Detroit...produced a career-high, 10-game hitting streak from 7/6-19 (.385,15-38)...tied his career high with a RBI in five consecutive games from7/10-18...committed three errors in a four-game span from 7/19-25 aftermaking one in his previous 99 contests...hit a career-high three doubleson 9/20-2 at Cleveland, the most by a Sox player since Aaron Rowand on9/13/05 at Kansas City (also three).
Batted .252 (112-444) with 25 doubles, nine home runs and 49 RBIin his second season with the White Sox...was named the second basemanon The Sporting News Under-25 All-Star Team...average was .199on 6/23 but rebounded to hit .310 (66-213) the remainder of the season ...collected six home runs and 27 RBI in the second half, up from three and22 prior to the All-Star Break...batted .286 (78-273) in the No. 9 positionin the lineup, compared to .199 (34-171) in the rest of the order (.186 hittingsecond)...seven of his nine home runs came at home...finished sixthin the American League with a .981 fielding percentage (12 E/632 TC) inhis first season at second base...played in just 13 games in Septemberdue to a bruised right hand...made his first Opening Day start on 4/5 vs.Cleveland...ended a streak of 112 at-bats without an extra-base hit witha double on 6/9 vs. Detroit...homered on 6/25 vs. the Cubs, his first since4/11 vs. Minnesota (211 homerless at-bats)...established a career highwith four hits on 7/18 at Minnesota...left game on 8/30 at Cleveland with abruised right hand (hit by pitch from Frank Herrmann) and missed the nexttwo games...made his last start on 9/15 due to the injury but appeared asa pinch runner four times the remainder of the season.
Was named The Sporting News Rookie of the Year (with Philadelphia's J.A. Happ)...became the 10th White Sox rookie honored by the publication and first since Ozzie Guillen in 1985 ...also received the Players Choice American League Outstanding Rookie award, presented by the Major League Baseball Players Association...finished fifth in the AL Rookie of the Year voting...ranked among the AL rookie leaders in numerous offensive categories (see box at right), hitting .270 (102-378) with 28 doubles, 14 home runs and 63 RBI in 103 games...was the first position player from the 2008 draft to reach the major leagues (fourth overall)...his 28 doubles were the most by a Sox rookie since Carlos Lee (32) and Chris Singleton (31) in 1999 and also the most ever by a White Sox player in 103 or fewer games played...was named the AL Rookie of the Month for July after hitting .330 (32-97) with 10 doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI...became the third Sox player to receive the honor, joining Alexei Ramirez (August 2008) and Ross Gload (September 2005)...hit .304 (62-204) with 10 home runs on the road, compared to .230 (40-174) with four homers at U.S. Cellular Field...went 31-96 (.323) with runners in scoring position and 16-46 (.348) with RISP and two outs...compiled a .952 (14 E/292 TC) fielding percentage at third base...tied for the third-most errors by an AL third baseman...committed nine of his 14 errors in the first half, compared to just five after the break...began the season with Class AA Birminghamand was promoted to Class AAA Charlotte on 5/28...combined to hit .326 (57-175) with 23 doubles, four homers and 25 RBI in 45 games between Birmingham and Charlotte...his contract was purchased from Charlotte on 6/4 ... made his major-league debut at third base on 6/4 vs. Oakland, going 0-3...ended an 0-13 streak with his first hit on 6/9 vs. Detroit (single off Dontrelle Willis)...drove in his first two runs with a double on 6/13 at Milwaukee...hit his first major-league home run on 6/20 at Cincinnati (off Johnny Cueto)...recorded his first game-ending hit on 6/27 vs. Cubs, a ninth-inning single off Jose Ascanio...doubled twice with a career-high four RBI on 8/1 vs. Yankees...hit his first home run at U.S. Cellular Field on 8/4 vs. Angels...homered in consecutive games on 9/1-2 at Minnesota, including a solo shot off Joe Nathan on 9/2 to start a four-run, ninth-inning rally...missed four games from 9/6-9 with a strained right oblique, ending a string of 81 consecutive games played (65 straight starts)...entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the no. 1 Prospect in the White Sox organization...also cited by ESPN.com as the No. 36 Prospect overall in baseball.
Hit .310 (18-58) with three home runs and eight RBI in 14 games with Class A Kannapolis after signingon 8/13...batted .394 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 18 games with the Peoria Saguaros of the ArizonaFall League...finished fifth in the AFL in on-base percentage (.468) and tied for sixth in average...participatedin the AFL Rising Stars Showcase...went 5-5 with two home runs and seven RBI on 11/6 vs. Scottsdale...named to the AFL Top Prospects Team following the season...was recommended/signed by Kevin Burrell andNick Hostetler.