White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto is satisfied with one of the most analyzed and scrutinized swings in Chicago — Gordon Beckham’s.General manager Ken Williams drew more attention to it last season, saying he longed for Beckham’s college and (successful) rookie swing.“He’s gotten that back to where he was in the minor leagues and when he first got here,’’ Manto said Monday. “That’s what the project has been, to get him to where he was.’’… “I feel like I’m doing what I thought I would do,’’ said Beckham, whose average was up to .217 after a 3-for-27 start.
“Where he was, I don’t think he could have sustained a major-league season, 600 plate appearances,’’ Manto said. “The bat path was a little off, and his shoulders were steep. Right now he’s square, head with the shoulders. He has way better balance, and he’s way more aggressive. In the position he is now, being taller, and the bat path a little better, he can sustain. I’m not saying he can hit .300 or .280, but he’s able to make adjustments throughout a season.’’
Other White Sox links:
- Chris defends Adam Dunn and in the process looks at how much baseball players get paid.
- James says Robin Ventura wants to use his bench but he faces a problem in doing so. He, also, looks at the improvement of Gordon Beckham.
- Fangraphs’ Bill Petti looks at what’s behind Adam Dunn’s return to normal. Dunn hit his 11th Home Run today. He hit 11 all last year.
- FutureSox tracks the progress of newly acquired Sox prospects.