Rays finally part ways with former first overall pick.
All the “Beckham instead of Posey” jests can finally stop. After years of waiting for the former first overall pick to break out, Tim Beckham has finally moved on. Right before the 4 PM buzzer on Monday, the Rays traded their 27-year old infielder to the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed pitching prospect Tobias Myers.
Beckham finally got significant playing time as a starter this year as the Rays have dealt with injuries to SS Matt Duffy as well as 2B Brad Miller. In a career-high 87 games this season, he also set a career-high in home runs with 12 in 317 at-bats, also a career-high. Beckham will finish his Rays career playing in 238 MLB games, hitting .247/.299/.421, with 26 home runs and 90 RBIs since his debut in 2013. He was drafted first-overall back in 2008.
To fill the spot left by Beckham, the Rays called up INF Taylor Featherston from AAA Durham.
Who is Tobias?
Tobias Myers, 18, was a sixth-round pick in last year’s draft by the Orioles. He is 2-2 with a 3.94 ERA in seven appearances with 35 strikeouts over 29.2 innings this season for Short-A Aberdeen.
The Rays are also hoping that INF Daniel Robertson will be back sooner than later from neck spasms. Miller will most likely now get back his bulk of playing time at second base.