So, here we are seven years later, and it seems Tim Beckham finally has a spot in the major leagues with the Rays. Beckham was the first overall draft pick in 2008, and it was expected that within a few years he would be the everyday shortstop for the Rays, but that obviously never happened. Now 25-years-old, and two drug related suspensions later, it seems Beckham has a chance to erase his bust label.
Beckham’s minor league sample size doesn’t really show a player with the offensive skills to be a stud shortstop, but it’s hard to deny the potential of a former first round pick.
Over six minor league season Beckham hit .267 with 669 hits, 35 home runs, and 291 RBI in 645 games. Not great numbers, but in fantasy baseball the middle infielder positions are somewhat weak.
At this point in his career, Beckham was rewarded a spot on the Rays’ bench in 2015, and so far has taken advantage of his at bats.
As it stands, Beckham is batting .364 with a home run and 3 RBI. It remains to be seen if his success will parlay into playing time.
In the meantime Logan Forsythe is the Rays’ starting second basemen, which leaves a lot to be desired. Until Franklin returns Beckham could steal some starts away from Forsythe, which the Rays should already be planning to do because Forsythe is horrible.
If Beckham continues to play well he could challenge Franklin for playing time because it’s not like Franklin did anything in Spring Training to run away with the job.
Franklin offers a lot more power potential, but right now Beckham is the healthy one currently playing. Franklin also sports a horrible .213 career average in the majors.
I have no idea if Beckham can continue his hot hitting or if the Rays will give him regular at bats, but they should. For fantasy owners Beckham is merely a speculative at in deep and dynasty leagues. Depending how weak your team is a middle infield then Beckham would make from a nice add. This is the earliest opportunity owners will have to go after a huge post-hype sleeper.