Beckham's desire to get to the Majors quicker won't convince manager Ozzie Guillen to throw the organization's top prospect into uncharted waters. The outfield could possibly have one opening in 2010, if Jermaine Dye does not stay with the White Sox, but following the same philosophy he espoused last week with Viciedo, Guillen wants his young talent to stick with what they know.
"When Beckham gets to the big leagues, he's going to play every day, someway, somehow," Guillen said. "I don't want to put a title already on him that he's going to be a utility player. I'm not going to think about doing those crazy moves to get him here quicker, but I don't blame him to want to be in the big leagues quicker.
"Right now, I want to take him in one spot and one spot only. If the result after this year or a year later is that he's not going to be playing there, then we are going to make the decision at that time."
Over 58 at-bats with Class A Kannapolis last season, Beckham hit .310 with three home runs and eight RBIs. He continued that torrid start by posting a .394 average during the Arizona Fall League.
Look for Beckham to begin the 2009 campaign at shortstop with Double-A Birmingham. He might get a chance to play around the infield this spring, but Guillen doesn't seem inclined to test him out of his comfort zone at either of the corner outfield slots.