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Gordon Beckham = 'next big thing'

White Sox infielder ready to move into fantasy's upper tier in just his second season

Updated: February 26, 2010, 5:20 PM ET
By Jason Grey | ESPN.com
Gordon Beckham wasn't impressing scouts.

Granted, it was just handful of games, but sometimes scouts must form judgments based on a small sample size. And the 2008 Arizona Fall League season just didn't start off well for the eighth overall pick in the '08 draft. Beckham wasn't looking good at the plate, and even though he had had just 14 games of pro experience (in low-Class A) before getting his AFL invite, scouts were still expecting better swings than what they were seeing, especially from a player most scouts saw as a polished college hitter who could move rapidly through the minors.

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