It’s only been five years, but it seems like forever ago that the Rays made Tim Beckham the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft. The 23-year-old is now in his third year at the Triple-A level and has yet to sniff the major leagues.
Beckham showed off the athleticism that once made him the No. 1 pick on Friday night, when he juked Scranton-Wilkes Barre’s catcher, Jeff Farnham, to evade a tag and score at home plate. As the announcers note, it was a pretty impressive throw from RailRiders outfielder Melky Mesa, but it was an even more impressive play from Beckham, who showed that if he doesn’t have a future in baseball, he could probably make a pretty decent NFL slot receiver.
Beckham’s batting .288 on the season with a .757 OPS. He has one home run, 24 RBIs and five stolen bases in 45 games for the Durham Bulls. In six seasons in the minors, Beckham has a .266 average and .713 OPS. He has 31 minor league home runs, 256 RBIs and 69 steals. Beckham has split time between shortstop and second base this year.
Former first overall draft pick Tim Beckham made a heck of a move behind home plate to put a run on the board for the Durham Bulls Friday night. Teammate Cole Figueroa singled up in the middle and Beckham was not about to be denied as he tried to score from second base. Scranton Wilkes-Barre’s Melky Mesa came up firing and threw a strike to catcher Jeff Farnham, who...
Durham shortstop Tim Beckham scored an absolutely incredible run in the Bulls’ 8-4 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday night, on a play that he had no business scoring on in the first place. Following Beckham’s two out double in the bottom of the 7th, Cole Figueroa hit a soft liner to centerfield that the Bulls infielder tried scoring on from 2nd base. Scranton/WB outfielder...
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