Tim Beckham, Infield, Tampa Bay Rays, #1
Date of Birth: 1/27/1990
Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia
Current Salary: $855,000
Tim Beckham, infielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, was drafted by the team 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.