Throughout spring training I’ll be running down my list of the top 30 Rays prospects, with the occasional weekend interlude. Check back daily to get caught up on the system with a new capsule each day.
Tim Beckham | 6-0/190
1st round, 2008 draft (Griffin HS, GA)
What happened in 2012? He had a Beckham season. I don’t know what to tell you. I honestly dread writing about Beckham because his pedigree means EVERYONE writes about Beckham. There’s no new ground to be broken here. He hit .256/.325/.361 in 72 games at Durham, a shortened season because of a 50-game pot suspension. And that’s basically what you’re getting from him. His 2012 line isn’t very far off from his career line of .264/.330/.379. He also saw his first game action off of shortstop, playing 25 games at 2B, a trend that will continue in 2013 as Hak-Ju Lee makes his way to Durham.
What needs to happen in 2013? Amazingly, a guy whose claim to fame was that he was (sometimes barely) above the league average batting line you guys! didn’t magically blossom into an awesome player as he rose the ladder. Whispers about his defense started as early as 2009 and sure enough, his best bet is seemingly to turn himself into a super-utility guy capable of playing anywhere in a pinch. He’ll play mostly 2B with Durham, but some spot starts around the diamond wouldn’t hurt. As for the bat, I mean… I’m not sure there’s much reason to expect or hope for anything more than a .270/.335/.390 year, which: meh.