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Gordon Beckham keeps on moving

Minor league notes and stats from Thursday's games

Updated: May 29, 2009, 11:49 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Movin' on up, soon to the South Side?

Gordon Beckham, 3B, White Sox (Triple-A Charlotte)
Thursday's stats: 1-for-4, 2B, R
What is more interesting than the White Sox's top pick in the 2008 draft moving up to Triple-A is the position he played in his debut, as the shortstop has suddenly slid over to the hot corner. With Josh Fields doing next to nothing in the big leagues, could the big call for Beckham be coming sooner than originally expected?

The veteran-vs.-prospect conundrum

Tom Glavine, LHP, Braves (Triple-A Gwinnett)
Thursday's stats: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Glavine is ready for a return to the big leagues, but at what cost to the Braves? He's a surefire Hall of Famer who absolutely deserves respect, but at this point, he's no more than a No. 4 or 5 starter. Tommy Hanson is much, much more than that, and adding Glavine to the rotation delays Hanson's arrival that much longer. It's a tough position for Atlanta, where wins might go head-to-head with public relations.

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