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The White Sox might end up seeing a lot of Gordon Beckham in 2019

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The White Sox might end up seeing a lot of Gordon Beckham in 2019

If things play out a certain way, the White Sox could be seeing a lot of Gordon Beckham in 2019.

Yes, the guy the White Sox took with the No. 8 pick in the 2008 draft could end up a division rival, as he is among the non-roster invitees to Detroit Tigers spring training.

As a minor league free agent, Beckham will have to earn his way onto the Tigers, a team embarking on its own rebuilding effort in the Motor City.

Beckham spent seven years on the South Side, slashing .242/.304/.674 in 839 games before becoming a journeyman of sorts. He's spent time with the Los Angeles Angels, the Atlanta Braves, the San Francisco Giants and most recently the Seattle Mariners. He got into 33 big league games with the M's in 2017 and 2018 while spending most of his time at Triple-A Tacoma. In those 33 games, Beckham slashed .180/.242/.197, but at Triple-A last season he was quite productive, slashing .302/.400/.458 with more walks (57) than strikeouts (52) in his 94 games.

Beckham's time on the South Side went down as a disappointment given the hype that surrounded him when he was drafted out of Georgia and during the short amount of time he spent in the White Sox farm system. He was rated as a top-30 prospect in the game in 2009 by Baseball Prospectus.

Now he could be a division rival. The White Sox take on the Tigers 19 times during the 2019 season. Will Beckham be a part of the first meeting April 18 in Motown?

For those wondering, Beckham has played in only two games against the White Sox. He fared very well, going 4-for-8 with a homer and a walk.

So maybe seeing a lot of Beckham in 2019 wouldn't be such a good thing for the White Sox. But here's hoping that in a possible return to the South Side, we once again get to hear one of the best walk-up songs ever: "Josie's on a vacation far away ..."

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Luis Robert hits comical home run off former big league catcher as part of two-home run game

Luis Robert hits comical home run off former big league catcher as part of two-home run game

Luis Robert has accomplished many things this season. Now he can say he took a 13-year big league vet deep.

OK, so that vet was Dioner Navarro, a catcher by trade who pitched the eighth inning in a lopsided Triple-A Charlotte win.

Robert hit two home runs in Charlotte’s 8-2 win against Columbus on Sunday. The Knights hit five home runs in the game and were up big entering the eighth inning so Navarro came in to pitch.

Robert promptly took him DEEP.


Navarro was lobbing in 72 mph pitches and was getting hit hard by every batter. He was throwing batting practice.

The best part about Robert’s bomb is Navarro’s quick head-snap after delivering the pitch and seeing Robert hit it a long way.

Throw in Robert’s home run earlier in the game and the 22-year-old outfielder is up to 11 home runs in 33 games in Triple-A. He has 27 homers on the season between three levels of the minors.


 

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Yoan Moncada goes to Carolina Panthers preseason game: 'Don't understand anything'

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Yoan Moncada goes to Carolina Panthers preseason game: 'Don't understand anything'

Yoan Moncada just started his rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte and it didn’t take him long to enjoy a night in Charlotte.

The Knights had a home day game on Friday. Moncada went 1-for-5 in his first game action since suffering a hamstring strain on July 30.

With the Knights game ending in the afternoon, Moncada had the freedom to go to the Carolina Panthers preseason game at night.


The Panthers lost 27-14 to the Bills, but a peak at Moncada’s Instagram story from the day showed he may not have really understood what was going on.


The 24-year-old Cuban was decked out in a Panthers jersey. He still may be learning football though.

 

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