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Thursday, August 17, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: TIM BECKHAM SS BALTIMORE ORIOLES

How about a .485 average for the month of August so far?  That insane mark has been achieved by new Baltimore Orioles shortstop Tim Beckham who has been beyond scorching hot since coming over from the Tampa Bay Rays leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.  While Beckham was already in the midst of a nice breakout season after stalling in his development some while with the Rays (this after being the first overall pick in the 2008 draft), what he has done with the Orioles is astounding.  I did say once the trade was completed to pick up Beckham given the fact he was making the move from one of the best pitching parks in the majors to one of the best hitting ones and boy has has he cooperated with that prediction.  Now pretty much a veteran at 27, Beckham is currently putting up the following numbers going into Thursday's games:

.298
17 HR
48 R
48 RBI
5 SB

Imagine what Beckham would have done with a full season in Baltimore but that is a story for 2018.  For now, Beckham is showing off the power that made him the first overall pick in his class and in particular, the .298 average is impressive since he really struggled badly in a Byron Buxton way there while trying to work his way to the majors.  Beckham has good wheels too which means he is capable of some more steals but maybe that part of his game is already stalling as he moves closer to 30.  Either way, Beckham has been tremendous and he should be a daily fantasy baseball starter throughout the rest of the 2017 season.


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