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Watch White Sox front office

5/19/2009

Start watching for some trends from the White Sox front office if the team's offense continues to sputter.

The fact that third baseman Josh Fields, shortstop Alexei Ramirez and second baseman Chris Getz aren't hitting might encourage general manager Kenny Williams to change his mind on when to accelerate the baseball education of the team's No. 1 pick from 2008, Gordon Beckham.

The Georgia product impressed everyone who watched him in spring training, both on the field and in the clubhouse. Just lockering next to catcher A.J. Pierzynski was a great education for Beckham during the six weeks of exhibition baseball. If you're a White Sox fan and watching this situation develop, keep your eye on whether or not the team switches Beckham to third base at Triple-A Charlotte.

If they do that, then the timeline might pick up on when Beckham joins the team, possibly in place of the struggling Fields.

The organization has been adamant about keeping Beckham in the minor leagues for at least one more year of seasoning. That plan could change if the team's offense doesn't surge over the next couple of weeks.