April 20, 2009

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009: #11 Tim Beckham

Top 50 MiLB Prospects 2009 | #11 | Tim Beckham | Rays

Position | Shortstop

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| January 27, 1990 (Griffin, Georgia)

| Griffin High School

| 6'0''

|190 lbs.

2008 Ranking | Not Ranked

The Tampa Bay Rays took Tim Beckham with the first overall pick in the 2008 draft. He is a great athlete who could pay dividends to the Rays who took a risk taking him. He is great defensively and could make it to the Majors on that aspect alone. His bat needs work. He doesn't make a ton of contact but his bat speed, size, and way the ball comes off of his bat makes people believe he could be a legitimate 15-20 home run hitter in the major leagues. The Rays will have to be patient with Beckham, which they knew when they took the high school product less than a year ago. One of the reasons the Rays took Beckham was because of his willingness to sign, despite it taking $6.15 million to lure him away from a USC. On the flip side, they passed on Pedro Alvarez, who was considered to be the best player in the draft, but was a handful to sign. Alvarez plays third base, and we all know the Rays are ok at that position for the future, whereas shortstop is still wide open. When he reaches the Majors, Beckham should be a fixture in the Rays middle infield for a long time to come.

2008 Statistics
Level    G    PA    AVG   OBP   SLG   XBH   HR   SB
RK      46   189   .243  .297  .345    14    2    5
A- 2 8 .333 .556 .500 1 0 1

2009 Outlook

Beckham is in Bowling Green this season and will likely be in the South Atlantic League all year long. He is joined with brother Jeremy Beckham in the middle of the Hot Rods infield.


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