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Rays shortstop Tim Beckham to miss most of 2014 after tearing ACL in right knee

Dec 13, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

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Sad news for the Rays. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that former shortstop top prospect Tim Beckham will miss a significant portion of the 2014 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Beckham was taken by the Rays first overall in the 2008 draft. He made Baseball America’s top-100 prospects list in back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010.

Beckham, who turns 24 at the end of January, got his first taste of the Majors as a September call-up last season. In eight plate appearances, he had three hits (all singles) and did not strike out. He repeated at Triple-A Durham over the last two seasons, posting a .686 OPS in 2012 and a .729 OPS.

Fortunately, the Rays already have Yunel Escobar at shortstop after picking up his $5 million option for 2014 back in November. However, they’ll lack the flexibility to trade him closer to the trade deadline as he has only one more $5 million club option remaining for 2015.

  1. ienjoysensi - Dec 13, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Huge loss . Kid looked like he was gonna breakout this year. Best of luck on your recovery.

  2. hittfamily - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Dude. They weren’t trading Escobar. They have won 90 games 5 of the last 6 years. They aren’t trading their starting SS. Beckham likely doesn’t even make the team.

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