Beckham impersonates Peavy for TakeJake campaign

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Beckham impersonates Peavy for TakeJake campaign

The Chicago White Sox have done just about everything to get right-hander Jake Peavy to the All-Star Game in Kansas City, with every stunt stemming from the TakeJake hashtag on Twitter.

But second baseman Gordon Beckham took the movement to a whole new level when he impersonated Peavy in an interview with 670 The Score's Chris Rongey on MLB.com.

In the interview, Beckham comes out wearing a "TakeJake" sleveless T-shirt, earbuds around his neck and a guitar which he gives to someone off camera before sitting down with Rongey.

When asked why he should be voted into the All-Star Game, "Peavy" replied:

"When I get out there, I give 100 percent all the time, every time. I go out there, and it's not even about me. I just want to go out there and give my team a chance to win. I really hope I do make it.

"But if it doesn't happen, there's other things I gotta do. I could play my guitar and stuff like that, and I'm just excited about this opportunity and for this team to make the playoffs," Beckham added in Peavy's Southern Drawl accent.

Peavy currently sits in second place of the American League Final Vote, trailing Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish.

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese leads the National League voting.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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