AFL Dish: Beckham Perfect; Hanson Nearly Unhittable

Co-Prospects Of The Day
Normally, a player having a perfect day at the plate with two home runs or a pitcher striking out nearly everyone he faces would easily dub them Prospect Of The Day. Yesterday, however, both feats took place.

Peoria Saguaros DH Gordon Beckham (White Sox) went 5-for-5 with two home runs and seven RBIs, helping his team crush the Scottsdale Scorpions, 20-9. After a phenomenal junior year at Georgia where Beckham hit .411/.519/.804, the White Sox selected him with the eighth-overall pick. Beckham made his professional debut in the low Class A South Atlantic League with the Kannapolis Intimidators and hit .310/.365/.500 over his first 58 at-bats. In the Arizona Fall League, Beckham has amassed 45 at-bats and is hitting .378/.473/.644.

Mesa righthander Tommy Hanson (Braves), on the other hand, has been a hitter’s worst nightmare. Over five starts, Hanson has pitched 18 2/3 innings in Arizona and is 3-0, 0.48 with only four walks and 30 strikeouts.

Yesterday was actually the first time he gave up a run, but he threw five innings and struck out 11. The stellar performance didn’t earn him a win, as his teammates couldn’t score, and the Solar Sox fell to the Desert Dogs, 4-2.

Other Notable Performances
Phoenix righthander Chaz Roe (Rockies) started the game against Hanson and actually had a fine outing himself, giving up just one hit over four innings while walking three and striking out seven. . . Phoenix right fielder and first baseman Sean Doolittle (Athletics) got one of the two hits Hanson allowed and it left the park, making it the first run Hanson has given up all fall. It was Doolittle’s seventh home run of the AFL, tying him for the league lead with his teammate Mike McKenry (Rockies). . . Scottsdale DH Josh Reddick (Red Sox) went 2-for-5 yesterday with a home run. . . Peoria Saguaros second baseman Daniel Murphy (Mets) continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-6 with a double. He’s now hitting .400/.485/.618 over 55 at-bats. . . Peoria Javelinas right fielder Drew Stubbs (Reds) went 1-for-5 with a triple and an RBI yesterday, helping the Javelinas defeat the Surprise Rafters, 7-0. . . Javelinas righthander Doug Fister (Mariners) came in to pitch the eighth inning and struck out the side. Fister pitched in Double A West Tenn.’s rotation this year, but looks like he could be making the transition to the bullpen.