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Gordon Beckham of the Chicago White Sox voted winner of the Gillette presents American League Rookie of the Month Award for July08/04/2009 4:30 PM ET
Chicago White Sox third baseman Gordon Beckham has been voted the July recipient of the Gillette presents American League Rookie of the Month Award.
In 27 games during July, Beckham led all A.L. rookies with a .330 (32-97) batting average, 32 hits, three home runs, 18 RBI, 10 doubles and a .526 slugging percentage. The University of Georgia product also tied for the lead with 12 runs scored and added nine walks, three stolen bases and a .382 on-base percentage. The 22-year-old infielder, who led Georgia to a second place finish in the College World Series just one year ago, compiled 11 multi-hit games including four consecutive multi-hit performances from July 11th-18th and from July 27th-30th. In addition, he collected at least one RBI in 17 of his 27 games played during the month. In six games against the A.L. Central rival Minnesota Twins, Gordon hit .500 (12-24) with a home run, two doubles, five RBI and four runs scored. Beckham, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, compiled a career-long seven-game hitting streak from July 24th-30th, and batted .458 (11-24) with two home runs, two doubles, six RBI and three runs scored during that span. The eighth overall selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft homered in back-to-back games for the first time in his career on July 26th at Detroit and July 27th at Minnesota. Beckham, who has played in 52 games since his promotion to the Majors on June 4th, already leads all A.L. rookies in batting average (.311), RBI (36), slugging percentage (.486) and on-base percentage (.374), is tied for first with 17 doubles, and ranks second with 18 multi-hit games and 22 extra-base hits.
Other rookies receiving votes included Texas Rangers right-handed pitcher Tommy Hunter (3-0, 1.11 ERA, 24.1 IP, 17 SO), and left-hander Brett Anderson (2-1, 1.87 ERA, 33.2 IP, 33 SO) of the Oakland Athletics.
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