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05-27-2008 09:35 AM #1
Gordon Beckham Write-Up
I figured I'd throw Camden Depot's hat into the ring (shameless plug alert). Our write-up on Beckham is the first of six covering potential first round picks for Baltimore. I hope to have two more posts (for a total of 8) covering round 2-3 and 4-5. Tomorrow I will try to have Posey and Smoak up. Hope you enjoy the read!
05-27-2008 10:50 AM #2
05-27-2008 10:59 AM #3
Yeah, that's basically it. The easiest way to conceptualize it is "the shorter your swing, the longer you can wait to start it and the faster you can get the bat to the ball". This is more important at higher levels because 1) pitching tends to be faster and the bats are heavier, 2) pitching is located more effectively making bat control and pitch ID more important (the extra split second you can wait to swing makes a huge difference in differentiating between a fastball and a slider, for example), and 3) the breaking stuff is better (this ties into #2 -- if you have to start your swing prior to properly IDing the pitch you'll have a much harder time squaring up on the ball when it breaks).
Shorter version -- what you said above.
05-27-2008 11:03 AM #4
Yeah, I wanted to be sure. We often talk short-hand about this or that being a bad thing and we rarely mention why it is.
05-27-2008 11:07 AM #5Plus Member since 02/03 All-Star
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Here's a pretty good clip of Beckham fielding and hitting from youtube:
He looks very smooth on defense. He does have a big loop in his swing that will need to be corrected for him to be successful at the next level.
05-27-2008 11:12 AM #6
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05-27-2008 11:59 AM #8
I think his performance on the Cape pushed him up higher. I think before then he was listed as a fringe first rounder. I'm not sure though.
05-27-2008 12:19 PM #9
Your link isn't working for me, but I am going to assume that ESPN was not using the right rankings. Not that any of us would be surprised that ESPN messed up in doing, or simply did not do, their homework
Regarding the Cape, it's definitely a cause for optimism. I don't remember if I pointed this out in the write-up or not (I tried not to drag on too long) but I don't see him running into trouble until the high minors. Against A-ball pitching, he'll still see enough mistakes and unrefined stuff to mash. I think when he runs into pitching that can consistently change speeds and command the strike zone, the fact that he needs to start his swing a little early could catch up with him.
I read that interview as well -- I love his confidence and humility. Seems like a great kid and a hard worker. I still stand behind the stance that I don't necessarily think he is worth all the risk at #4, but I truly hope he has a successful career. He is a lot of fun to watch.
05-27-2008 12:20 PM #10
For non-scouting service members, here is the list up to Beckham:
1. Pedro Alvarez 3b Jr. L-R 6-2 225 Vanderbilt
2. Brian Matusz lhp Jr. L-L 6-4 193 San Diego
3. Aaron Crow rhp Jr. R-R 6-2 195 Missouri
4. Justin Smoak 1b Jr. B-L 6-4 215 South Carolina
5. Yonder Alonso 1b Jr. L-L 6-2 215 Miami
6. Christian Friedrich lhp Jr. R-L 6-3 208 Eastern Kentucky
7. Brett Hunter rhp Jr. R-R 6-4 215 Pepperdine
8. Buster Posey c Jr. R-R 6-2 200 Florida State
9. Ryan Perry rhp Jr. R-R 6-4 200 Arizona
10. Shooter Hunt rhp Jr. R-R 6-3 200 Tulane
11. Jacob Thompson rhp Jr. R-R 6-6 215 Virginia
12. Dennis Raben of Jr. L-L 6-3 220 Miami
13. Luke Burnett rhp Jr. R-R 6-8 260 Louisiana Tech
14. Tanner Scheppers rhp Jr. R-R 6-4 200 Fresno State
15. Cody Satterwhite rhp Jr. R-R 6-4 205 Mississippi
16. Gordon Beckham ss Jr. R-R 6-0 181 Georgia
05-27-2008 01:11 PM #11
As usual, interesting read. I love these sort of analysis, as it points out potential issues from a true mechanics viewpoint. Well done. I don't know enough about these things to offer an opinion, so... we'll see.
05-27-2008 02:51 PM #12Plus Member since 02/03 All-Star
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