Tim Beckham, Infield, Baltimore Orioles
Date of Birth: 1/27/1990
Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia
Tim Beckham, infielder for the Baltimore Orioles, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008. He played in their minor league system from 2008 through part of 2014, joining the Rays for just five games in 2013. In May, 2012, he received a 50-game suspension for his second offense for using a banned substance.
Beckham suffered an injury in 2014 that limited his playing time to 24 games in the minors. As a minor league player from 2008 through 2014, he had 669 hits, 136 doubles, 82 stolen bases, 291 RBIs, and 600 strikeouts to 232 walks in 645 games. Defensively, at shortstop, he made 1,455 assists, 322 double plays, 854 putouts, and 137 errors in 568 games.
Beckham played in 82 games with the Rays in 2015. He finished the season with 45 hits, 37 RBIs, and a .222 batting average. Defensively, as an infielder, he played 38 games at second base, 1 game at third base, and 28 games at shortstop.
In 2016, Beckham batted .247 in 64 games with the Rays. Defensively, he played 6 games at first base, 19 games at second base, 7 games at third base, and 25 games at shortstop.
The Rays traded Beckham to the Orioles on July 31, 2017. He finished the 2017 season with 148 hits, 18 doubles, 22 home runs, 62 RBIs, 167 strikeouts to 36 walks, and a .278 batting average in 87 games with the Rays and 50 games with the Orioles. Defensively, he played 17 games at second base, 1 game at third base, and 119 games at shortstop.