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Rays might call up 2008 first overall pick Tim Beckham

Sep 15, 2013, 4:18 PM EDT

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times has the info:

The Rays are considering calling up INF Tim Beckham, the No. 1 pick of the 2008 draft, who had a solid season for Triple-A Durham this year.


The Rays could use another right-hand hitting middle infielder and pinch-runner, plus the experience could be beneficial for Beckham’s development.

Durham’s final game is Tuesday night — the Triple-A national championship game against the Royals’ affiliate from Omaha, Nebraska — but Topkin hears that Beckham might be arriving in Florida on Monday.

Beckham, a 23-year-old shortstop prospect from Georgia, hit .276/.342/.387 with four homers, 51 RBI, 17 stolen bases and 71 runs scored in 122 games this summer in the International League. The Rays are also expected to promote right-hander Jake Odorizzi and left-hander Jeff Beliveau from the Durham Bulls roster.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    so they have another pretty sturdy prospect coming up for next year. The Rays just keep on trucking with these young guns

    • biasedhomer - Sep 16, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      He is seen as somewhat of a disappointment.

  2. titansbro - Sep 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Baseball. Where is takes a player 5+ years to “develop”

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 15, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Can he pitch in the 8th inning?

  4. jolink653 - Sep 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    I remember reading an article not too long ago about how this guy was a complete bust…nice to see he turned things around

  5. straightouttavtown - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Why don’t they call up Leslie Anderson?

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