In his 34th game since being drafted first overall by the Rays, Tim Beckham launched his first professional home run on Tuesday night.
The 18-year-old Beckham took an 0-2 pitch over the left center field fence in a Rookie-level Appalachian League game for the Princeton Rays.
“It felt great to get that first one off my chest,” Beckham told Baseball America, of the solo-shot in the game’s first inning. “Finally. I mean, it took forever. I was just worrying about squaring it up, making solid contact and hopefully it would fall somewhere, and it did.”
Beckham has struggled at the plate this season, and the article also talks to manager Joe Szekeley to help explain the Rays’ approach with the young shortstop. For a more in-depth scout’s view of Beckham, check out this Q&A from Baseball America with Szekeley.
Tim’s older brother, Jeremy, was also drafted by the Rays this June (17th round) but was promoted to short-season Hudson Valley in late July. Still the pair remain close, as Jeremy tells MILB.com while at the Fenway Futures games of how he hopes to set a positive example for Tim.
And the Award Goes To..
— Class-A Vero Beach LHP Carlos Hernandez was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week for the period ending August 10.
— Austin Hinkle notched Pitcher of the Week for the Southern Atlantic League. The right-hander is a member of the Class-A Columbus Catfish. Hinkle is the second straight Catfish to take a player of the week award after Greg Sexton was named Hitter of the Week last week.
— Double-A Montgomery swept the Rays Minor League honors for July, as pitcher David Price and third baseman Chris Nowak were named the Pitcher of the Month and Player of the Month, respectively. Price, who is slated to make his Triple-A debut on Wednesday night, was 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA for Montgomery. Nowak — who was also June’s winner — hit an organization-high 24 RBI in 26 games.
He said it..
“I guess I’m a little anxious. It’s like a kid getting ready for Christmas and you count down to Christmas Day. The anticipation is building up, but I’m enjoying myself.”
— Price on reaching the Major Leagues. Excerpted from the Tennessean; the rest of the article can be found here.