It's time for the future to begin in the present. In other words, Sox fans, it's time for Kenny Williams to call up Gordon Beckham, put him at shortstop, and leave him there for the next 15 years.
While no minor league player is a sure thing, Beckham looks about as close to one as any prospect in baseball.
Beckham is currently hitting .296 at Birmingham. He won't turn 23 until September.
Meanwhile, the White Sox need the energy boost a young player like Beckham will bring. It's not to say you're giving up on the season; quite the opposite, in fact. I believe he can help this team right now.
Alexei Ramirez has a .284 OBP and hasn't played well defensively. Now, I recognize he's been hitting much better of late. He went 4-7 in Monday's huge 17-run outburst.
But he refuses to take a walk, so his offensive value is limited. If you like him, however, you could put him in center field where his athleticism should allow him to chase down fly balls.
Jayson Nix can play defense, but can't hit. And Wilson Betemit? He hasn't shown much offensively in his career, and has no hits in his last 14 at-bats.
So, why wait? Bring up Beckham and see what he can do. I know the Sox don't want to start the arbitration clock yet, but it should be late enough in the season to prevent him from gaining that extra year, though he could still be a "Super Two" player.
But so what? Why let future financials delay the inevitable? Beckham can hit, he has decent discipline at the plate, and is strong defensively.
It's time for James Gordon Beckham to begin his White Sox career. Don't procrastinate, Kenny, come to think of it.