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Gordon Beckham (Credit: Eric Francis/AP)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Gordon Beckham
School:University of Georgia
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:185 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/29-03/02/08
Game(s):Oregon State University

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Beckham is a line-drive hitter who consistently squares up on the ball and works the count to his advantage.
Power:He's got suprising power considering his size, with average to a tick above-average pop.
Running Speed:He has average speed and is better once underway.
Base Running:He's got good instincts and is an excellent baserunner.
Arm Strength:His arm grades out as average to a tick above and plays fine from shortstop.
Fielding:He's a very natural defender, but he's fighting his size a bit at short and might profile better as a second baseman.
Range:He has above-average range.
Physical Description:Beckham is not an imposing figure, nor does he look particularly imposing at first glance.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:His bat. He's got outstanding hitting skills and more than a little power. He plays the game the right way.
Weaknesses:While he's fine at short for now, it might not be the best long-term defensive home for him.
Summary:At first glance, he doesn't stand out. But then you watch him play for a little and can't help but be impressed. Beckham has quality at-bats and some pretty good pop, surprising considering his size. He's capable of being an excellent defender, but might be better suited at second as a pro. He's the kind of college infielder who should come off the board quickly.