Line Drive Hitting Infielders

Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham hit over 20 doubles in each of his first five seasons.  While not great power this is solid line drive hitting for a young middle-infielder.

Beckham is the first second baseman, shortstop or third baseman to accomplish this since Dan Uggla.  Before him only Robinson Cano had gone over 20 doubles in their first five years with careers entirely in the past decade.

Here is the full list of players in MLB history with 21+ doubles in each of their first five seasons (among infielders, non-first baseman):

1 Gordon Beckham 5 2009 2013
2 Dan Uggla 5 2006 2010
3 Robinson Cano 5 2005 2009
4 David Eckstein 5 2001 2005
5 Deivi Cruz 5 1997 2001
6 Ray Durham 5 1995 1999
7 Mike Lansing 5 1993 1997
8 Roberto Alomar 5 1988 1992
9 Robby Thompson 5 1986 1990
10 Carney Lansford 5 1978 1982
11 Rick Burleson 5 1974 1978
12 Glenn Beckert 5 1965 1969
13 Don Buddin 5 1956 1961
14 Eddie Mathews 5 1952 1956
15 Johnny Pesky 5 1942 1949
16 Joe Gordon 5 1938 1942
17 Harlond Clift 5 1934 1938
18 Tony Cuccinello 5 1930 1934
19 Pinky Whitney 5 1928 1932
20 Bill Regan 5 1926 1930
21 Tony Lazzeri 5 1926 1930
22 Willie Kamm 5 1923 1927
23 Del Pratt 5 1912 1916
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 4/29/2014.
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Posted on April 29, 2014, in MLB, MLB history, MLB stats, under 25 and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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