Former Eagle Beck receives Spring Training invite

Colin Ritsick

The Chicago White Sox have invited former Georgia Southern University RHP Chris Beck to major league Spring Training.

Beck was taken in the second round of the 2012 draft after his junior year at GSU. He is listed as the No. 9 prospect in the White Sox farm system according to Baseball America.

He started his major league career playing for the Great Falls Voyagers. He climbed the ladder to Class A-Advanced ball to play for the Winston-Salem Dash before being called up to the Double-A Birmingham Barons this year. He has combined for a 13-10 record with a 3.07 ERA over 26 starts between Winston-Salem and Birmingham in 2013.

Beck is one of 21 players that received a non-roster invite to Spring Training. He will report to Glendale, Az., on Saturday and the White Sox first game will be against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Feb. 28.

In addition to his consistent performance throughout the year for the Dash and the Barons, his play during the Southern League (Class AA) playoffs had a big part in him receiving an invite.

Beck went 2-0 in his two playoff starts with a 0.82 ERA (1 ER/ 11 IP). For anyone out there that doesn’t understand what those stats mean, just know that it’s good – very good.

He sits around 92-94 MPH on his fastball but can ramp it up to 96 MPH – fairly average numbers for starters these days. His changeup, however, is anything but average. Baseball America rates it as the Best Changeup in the Sox’s organization.

Beck will have a lot of competition in Spring Training, but nothing about his resume indicates that he has any problem with a challenge. He started in Rookie Ball two years ago, threw 11 innings of one-run baseball in the SL playoffs and now has a chance to impress White Sox executives.