Originally Posted by doublem23
Here is the average American League 2B for 2012:
.249/.310/.372/.682, 13 HR, 62 RBI, 76 R, 30 D, 3 T, 52 BB, 110 K, 15/20 SB, 93.0 AB/HR
Here is Beckham in 2012:
.234/.296/.371/.668, 16 HR, 60 RBI, 62 R, 24 D, 0 T, 40 BB, 89 K, 5/9 SB, 32.8 AB/HR
I know we all think Beckham should be an All-Star caliber 2B based on his draft position and effortless minor league success but it's pretty clear he's not that kind of player, however, considering the position he plays and the type of defense he brings, he's still a useful player at 2B.
Look at the offensive production Detroit got from it's 2B last season and they won the division. Offense from your middle infielders is nice to have, but not essential.
My point being above that regardless of the 16 homers and 62 RBI, Beckham posted an awful .234/.296
In the majors, of qualifying second basemen, there are 10 guys that hit over .260; 16 guys (one more than average) who hit over .250 and Beckham was second to last of all 2B qualifiers in OBP. If you want to really put the spotlight on run production, there were 10 qualifiers who hit the same number of or more homers and 15 qualifiers who had more RBIs.
Run production is a bonus from the 2B position, but he should at least be able to hit close to the average BA and OBP for his position.
At some point the above average glove won't make up for such mediocre numbers.
Maybe Keppinger on the team will get him to put up better at-bats.