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Rays prospect Tim Beckham suspended for 50 games

May 1, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

Matt Moore, Tim Beckham, Gary Brown

At one point Rays minor league infielder Tim Beckham was a top prospect. He was the number one overall draft pick in 2008. He played in the Futures Game last year and everything. He’s still a prospect — Keith Law ranked him as the eighth best in the Rays system this year and he has been talked about as a potential callup to the big club — but he’s sinking fast due to what seems to be a substance abuse problem:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Tampa Bay Rays Minor League shortstop Tim Beckham has received a 50-game suspension after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse.

Beckham started out the year in Durham and started it poorly, hitting .204/.290/.278.  And now it gets worse.

Man, between this and the Evan Longoria news, it’s been a pretty bad day for the Rays, yes?

  1. proudlycanadian - May 1, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Does this make 3 recent #1 draft picks by the Rays who had drug use problems? Hamilton, Bush(?) and Beckham. Young has also had a few issues.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      Matt Bush was a Padres draft pick.

      • proudlycanadian - May 1, 2012 at 6:29 PM

        Thank you. I wasn’t sure about Bush. Delmon Young is in a category of his own.

      • cosanostra71 - May 1, 2012 at 8:01 PM

        that’s Matt f*@!ing Bush to you

    • bloodysock - May 1, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      Hamilton was picked 13 years ago. I’m not sure if that really qualifies as recent.

  2. garylanglais - May 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Reports are he tested positive for marijuana.

    @TBTimes_Rays Word is that #Rays Beckham”s “drug of abuse” was marijuana

    Anyone know what the 1st violation was for?

    • marshmallowsnake - May 1, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      I am going to go out on a limb here and say…marijuana.

  3. b453841l - May 1, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Too bad–or maybe not given his disappointing numbers–for the Rays he wasn’t just drunk driving or beating up his wife, which, despite their illegality are both tacitly endorsed and condoned by MLB.

  4. obsessivegiantscompulsive - May 1, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Wow, to think that they could have had a local legend and selected Posey instead of Beckham, imagine how good they would have been with Posey in the lineup.

    They also apparently had Lincecum pre-signed to a contract until Longoria fell into their lap. That decision worked out a whole lot better for them than this one.

  5. gotampabay52 - May 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Proud to hate canada screw you bush was from the padres for one wr didn’t draft him josh wr held on for years gave him so many chances to recover and he is still fighting that battle tim yes we drafted and he is cheating himself happens alot so go f your self stupid canadain go follow non americain sports you stupid fucking idiot

    • drewsylvania - May 1, 2012 at 11:38 PM

      Go hang out in your empty stadium.

      • Reflex - May 2, 2012 at 12:23 AM

        I just want to know where this guy thinks Canada is located. I’m pretty sure its also in America, but I could be wrong…

    • baseballisboring - May 2, 2012 at 5:44 AM

      Ugh…the grammar. The spelling. The “America, fuck yeah!” attitude. The fact that you didn’t even reply to the post you were trying to reply to. Posts like this make me sincerely depressed and pessimistic about the future of our society. I’m guessing, and hoping that you’re about 12. I don’t even mean that to be condescending, but a 12 year old must have written this. Please, please tell me you’re 12…please.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 2, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      Have a drink Tampabay52. Take a valium. Something. You think you might be going off the deep end here a bit? Another piece of unsolicited advice…try using a period at the end of your sentences as it makes your foul mouthed rant a lot easier to follow.

  6. phillyphever - May 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Eric Hosmer, Buster Posey and Brett Lawrie. All three could have been picked instead of Beckham.

    • jwbiii - May 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      Sure, and Albert Pujols went at #402 in 1999.

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