I don’t know why the Tampa Bay Rays have so much trouble with their picks in the draft. Admittedly David Price was a home run and so was Evan Longoria, however, what were they thinking when they took Tim Beckham? Beckham wasn’t even the best high school prospect. This pick was money driven pure and simple.
Sure he had some great high school numbers. He was even considered a five tool player along the lines of the Upton brothers. Unfortunately it just doesn’t look like he is going to develop into that kind of player. There were so many players the Rays could have had. Most notably, Buster Posey, Pedro Alverez and Eric Hosmer. Two of those guys are already in the majors and the other is probably one of the best prospects in the minors right now.
I am thinking that Beckham will develop into a 0.270/10/60/20 hitter. A very far cry for what a number one overall pick should produce. If I were a Rays fan I would be pissed off. I would have thought he would be in AA by now, but he is having such a big problem with single A hitting, I can’t see him advancing until next year. The Rays are hoping that he will advance with age, but I just don’t see it happening.
Meanwhile, his autographs were once fetching $30 – $40 as recent as last season. Now the card pictured below is barely pulling in $5. Collectors aren’t going to wait for Tim to progress. You could have most of his autographed cards for between $5 – $10. Is it a buy? Probably not, I just don’t see him becoming a force in the minors, let alone the majors. Am I alone here? Am I off base? What do you think he will become?