Beachum, 27, moves to LS-1 status in his third year with the RailCats and enters the season just behind Mike Rohde in third place on the team’s carer batting average list. A shortstop by trade, the Tennessee native appeared at all four infield positions during a 2010 campaign that saw him more than double his career home run total by boasting a career best five. He also added another career mark with eight stolen bases to go along with a .278 batting average in 62 contests.
Following an injury-plagued 2008 season, Beachum stayed healthy as a RailCat in 2009 and batted a career high.309 in 73 games – an average that would have placed in the top ten in the league in hitting with only four more plate appearances. The former New York Yankees farmhand slugged .399 and carried a .372 on-base percentage, notching 14 doubles, two home runs and 31 RBI. Also one of the most difficult hitters in the league to strike out, Beachum fanned only 21 times in 255 plate appearances. Beachum played primarily at first base and third base for the ‘Cats in 2009, his first career action at either position.
Picked up by the RailCats via trade from the Frontier League’s Washington Wild Things before the start of the 2009 season, Beachum played in only 16 games for the Wild Things but still hit .294 and drove in eight runs. Beachum did not play in 2007 after splitting time between four different Yankees affiliates in 2006 following his signing as an undrafted free agent. Now a .277 career hitter, Beachum has driven in 50 runs in 127 professional games and struck out only 32 times against 35 walks.