Born in Crawford, Mississippi, the 23-year-old power-hitting first baseman was on track to play collegiately at the University of West Florida but before he could do so he was drafted by his favorite team, the Atlanta Braves in the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Choosing to sign with the Braves, Beckwith spent his first professional season in baseball with the Gulf Coast League Braves. In 21 games, he hit .243 with two homeruns and 18 RBIs.
The following season, he earned the call to the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League as he slugged .282 and finished fourth in the league with 11 home runs. Additionally, on July 14th Beckwith become the first player in Appalachian League history to hit three home runs in one game.
The next season, Beckwith traveled to Rome, GA. He posted a .291 batting average in 106 games for the Rome Braves and clubbed 26 doubles and 15 homers, and surprisingly stealing 17 bases.
In his fourth and final season with the Braves organization, Beckwith joined the Lynchburg Hillcats where he batted .229 with nine homers and 30 RBIs in 53 games.
The first baseman played collegiately at Meridian Community College, where he hit .388 with four home runs and 32 RBIs before transferring to Wallace-Dothan (Ala.) Community College after his freshman season.