Former Jefferson High School baseball standout Chris Beck is getting closer to making his major league debut. Beck is one of the top prospects in the Chicago White Sox organization and has the potential to take the mound in the 2013.
At Jefferson, Beck helped the Dragons achieve a 32-4 record and a 17-1 record in region play in 2007. He was coached by current Head Coach Tommy Knight.
“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach Chris. He, like so many others that I have had the opportunity to coach, has taught me a lot,” said Knight. “I look forward to the future to see just how far he will go. Who knows? Maybe one day he will be a major league all-star,” said Knight.
Beck, who played collegiate ball at Georgia Southern University, helped lead the Eagles to two Southern Conference Championship appearances – one in 2011, in which he started and won, and in 2012. In 2011, he was awarded the Most Outstanding Player award for his performance in the Southern Conference (SoCon) Tourney.
Beck was drafted by the White Sox in the second round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He excelled in the Cape Cod League and became the No. 2 prospect, pitching a fastball somewhere in the mid-90s.
The White Sox organization has spoken highly of Beck and went out of their way to steal him in the draft. Beck was projected as a first round draftee but his stock fell when his velocity began to slip his senior season at GSU.
However, he bounced back, took charge of his game and put on 35 pounds; he was advised to do by his coaches in hopes of becoming bigger and stronger in order to compete with some of the best in the league. Beck is definitely a guy with a lot of size and, despite plummeting some in the draft, he has risen back to being one of the highest rated players on Chicago’s prospect list.
“Chris was obviously one of the best to ever play here. It was very evident from day one that he had a chance to be a special player. Even though he was a scrawny little 9th grader (5-foot-10, 150 pounds) he has always been very gifted,” said Knight.
“The great thing about Chris is that he also worked extremely hard at developing his skills. You put together the talent and work ethic he has and you get a great ballplayer. It also doesn’t hurt when you grow up to be 6-foot-4 and 225,” said Knight.