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Friday, May 5, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: TIM BECKHAM 2B/SS TAMPA BAY RAYS

Sometimes it is a journey and not a sprint.  This tried-and-true statement can apply to almost anything and it certainly work in baseball when it comes to the developments of prospects.  Even the top of the line hitters and pitchers need a few seasons (and maybe some additional ones on top of that) to find their MLB footing but talent does eventually rise to the surface in most cases.  That brings us to today's Status Report subject of Tampa Bay Rays infielder Tim Beckham who just got done slamming two home runs Thursday night.  At one time Beckham was the number 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft and given that extreme status pedigree, a ton was expected here.  Alas Beckham struggled badly with the bat early on and that continued into his mid-20's as some nasty K/9 rates seem to suggest he would be a dreaded Quad-A hitter.  Given their financial situation though, the Rays stuck with Beckham and their patience could finally be paying off.  Going into Friday's games, Beckham has produced the following offensively:

.278
6 HR
15 RBI
14 R
1 SB

On the surface those numbers look good but underneath the surface there are some troubling signs.  For one thing, Beckham continues to strike out like crazy as his K/9 rate is an insane 32.7.  Beckham is not offsetting that by walking a lot either as his BB/9 rate is just 4.8.  So one would think Beckham is getting some BABIP love given the decent .278 average and that is exactly what is taking place as his number there is .362.  When adjusted for luck, Beckham's average will plummet and even more so given the contact struggles.  Thus we are still talking about a .250 hitter in the majors and that is not something you want.  Also Beckham is not much of a stolen base guy either and so he can't offset some of the average hit either.  So in essence what we have is a still-flawed player who will eventually be more of a negative than a positive for your roster.




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