Tim Beckham
Tim Beckham
29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Seattle Mariners
Est. Return 5/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
An April groin injury cost Beckham 53 games and likely contributed to his .206/.254/.291 first-half line. He rebounded after the break, launching 10 homers while posting a decent .441 SLG. For a middle infielder, he's rarely delivered with stolen bases, and dips in batted-ball metrics (30.5 Hard%, down from 39.1%, 20.4 LD%) forced him to settle for a .282 BABIP -- 83 points lower than 2017. The injury deserves blame for some of that, but after another disappointing year on the field, the clock is ticking for the 2008 first overall pick. At least he gained eligibility at third base, and perhaps he'll reach a new level with proper guidance. The 29-year-old just delivered a .782 OPS, 22 homers and six stolen bases two years ago. He signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal with Seattle and is expected to compete with J.P. Crawford for the starting job at shortstop. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Mariners in January of 2019.
Handed 80-game ban
SSSeattle Mariners
August 6, 2019
Beckham received an 80-game suspension Tuesday for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Beckham's suspension stems from a recent positive test for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. Barring an appeal, Beckham will miss the Mariners' final 48 games of 2019. Beckham will then have to serve the remaining 32 games of his suspension at the beginning of the 2020 campaign, a development that could prompt the Mariners to non-tender him over the winter. He'll wrap up the current season with a .237/.293/.461 slash line, 15 home runs and 47 RBI across 328 plate appearances. The Mariners will likely activate Dee Gordon (quadriceps) from the 10-day injured list later Tuesday to fill Beckham's spot on the active roster and in the everyday lineup.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .752 362 41 14 46 1 .257 .320 .432
Since 2017vs Right .732 943 110 35 98 7 .251 .301 .431
2019vs Left .782 100 12 4 15 0 .280 .330 .452
2019vs Right .741 228 27 11 32 1 .218 .276 .464
2018vs Left .715 112 12 4 11 0 .235 .304 .412
2018vs Right .640 290 33 8 24 1 .228 .280 .360
2017vs Left .760 150 17 6 20 1 .257 .327 .434
2017vs Right .789 425 50 16 42 5 .285 .328 .461
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OPS at Home
OPS on Road
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .733 648 76 24 73 3 .252 .303 .430
Since 2017Away .742 657 75 25 71 5 .254 .309 .432
2019Home .773 159 20 9 24 0 .224 .283 .490
2019Away .735 169 19 6 23 1 .248 .302 .433
2018Home .643 201 24 6 22 0 .217 .274 .370
2018Away .678 201 21 6 13 1 .243 .300 .378
2017Home .773 288 32 9 27 3 .290 .334 .439
2017Away .790 287 35 13 35 3 .265 .321 .470
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How does Tim Beckham compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Beckham earned the "late bloomer" tag with his performance in 2017. He was especially good after being traded to the Orioles at the deadline, hitting 10 homers with a .368 wOBA and 130 wRC+ in his final 50 games, although he hardly ran under manager Buck Showalter and that is unlikely to change given the O's stole just 32 bases as a team last season. Strikeouts were still a problem, with Beckham fanning nearly 30 percent of the time, and he doesn't walk much at all, but he made up for it with consistent hard contact; Beckham's 39.1 percent hard-hit rate ranked 23rd among qualified hitters. Unfortunately, Beckham fell short of 20 appearances at second base, so he's doesn't have dual eligibility in most leagues entering 2018. The plate skills are the big concern, but Beckham will have an extended opportunity to build on last season's production and will likely serve as the O's leadoff man to open the year.
Beckham struggled once again to make contact in his sophomore season, striking 67 times in 64 games -- his strikeout rate saw a slight bump to 31.2 percent while he managed to make contact at only a 66 percent clip. His maturity also continued to be an issue, as he was sent down for good on Aug. 31 after a baserunning error. On the plus side, his hard contact rate saw a significant bump to 36.1 percent, and Beckham was able to rip off 22 extra-base hits in 215 plate appearances. That tally included an impressive five triples, but the 26-year-old's speed has nevertheless failed to translate into appreciable stolen base production throughout the years. Beckham only attempted three steals at the big league level in 2016, swiping two bags, and his 22 stolen bases back in 2010 at the High-A level remains his career high. He'll have to battle Nick Franklin for time behind the Rays' starting middle infielders this spring.
The former top overall draft pick (yeah, that happened) got his first good exposure to the major leagues in 2015, and he flashed some of the tools that led to that decision back in 2008. Beckham flashed some big power in moments during the season and ended up with a .207 ISO. There were times when he flew around the bases and scored on plays others would not have made. Then, there were all of the other moments. He was awful against right-handed pitchers, made several baserunning gaffes such as being picked off on third base in a 1-0 game, and was at best erratic in the field defensively. The acquisition of Brad Miller will likely relegate Beckham to the short side of the shortstop platoon, which makes him an intriguing end game play in AL-only leagues, but that’s where the intrigue stops.
Recovering from a torn ACL, Beckham played in just nine rehab games before a 15-game stint at Triple-A Durham to finish 2014. The results weren't great, but the sample size was simply too small to be meaningful. Arguably, Beckham's best full season in the minor leagues came with Durham in 2013 (.276/.342/.387), but it will be interesting to see if the Rays keep the former No. 1 overall pick in the organization heading into 2015. Now 25, the days of expecting Beckham to become an above average regular have long passed, but he may be able to capably back up both middle-infield spots if the Rays want to keep him around as a bench player. Unless he proves to be a late bloomer to display game power, Beckham's most useful asset at this point will likely be his ability to chip in as a basestealer, but he's facing a crowded depth chart with the Rays having Yunel Escobar, Nick Franklin and Hak-Ju Lee at their disposal.
Beckham, a former No. 1 overall pick, spent the vast majority of the season with Triple-A Durham before making his first major league appearance as a September call-up. He has been labeled by some as a bust given his high draft status, but he showed improvement this past season with a .276/.342/.387 batting line and 17 stolen bases. He played 106 games at shortstop in Triple-A, but offers the versatility to play second base as well. Still only 24 entering the 2014 season, Beckham's right-handed bat and utility role in the field appeared to give the Rays a useful internal bench player to bounce between Triple-A and the majors. However, a torn ACL sustained during winter workouts could keep him out until deep into the second half, offering yet another obstacle in his development.
It's easy to write Beckham off after a couple of disappointing seasons in the low minors after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft. However, he held his own at Double-A Montgomery sporting a .275 batting with seven home runs and 15 stolen bases. While Beckham slightly improved his strikeout rate, he also saw an equal decline in his walk rate showing no significant improvement in his plate discipline. It is important to note he moved up a level from last season and was not overmatched by the pitching as expected by most prospects. He'll likely begin the year at Triple-A Durham with an eye on the big club for 2013 but could make a push as soon as this season given the Rays' shortstop options if he is able to produce at the plate. Given his age (22), there's still a lot of optimism that Beckham can develop into an everyday major league player.
The first overall pick from the 2008 draft hasn't lived up to lofty expectations as of yet. However, Beckham will only be 21 this season, which means there's still plenty of time for him to right the ship. Nothing from his High-A Charlotte numbers last season stick out, but there were a few encouraging signs. For the season, he showed better judgment at the plate, nearly doubling his walk rate from the previous season. He changed his approach at the plate during the season and didn't try to hit a home run in every at-bat. Beckham hit all five of his home runs in the first half but improved his OBP (.370) by 62 points during the second half. He still strikes out at a high rate (22.5 percent) and will get a chance to improve that likely starting the season at Double-A Montgomery. There's still a lot of upside here but he's going to have to produce and soon if he wants to retain prospect status.
Here is the future at shortstop for the Rays. Beckham spent 2009 playing for Low-A Bowling Green and batting .275 with five homers and 13 stolen bases over 491 at-bats. Scouts are enamored with his athleticism, but he's still a very raw player. Going forward he needs to improve his plate discipline (he struck out in 23 percent of his plate appearances) and prowess on the basepaths (13-for-23, 56 percent success rate). Still he's only 19 and has plenty of time to polish his skills. He should be owned in all keeper leagues with minors or deep benches.
Beckham, the first overall pick in the 2008 draft, did not enjoy a tremendous pro debut, but most of his fellow high school players began their careers in the GCL or AZL Leagues, a level below Beckham. The Rays have the luxury of not having to rush Beckham, who continues to draw raves from scouts for his overall long-term ability. He's still at least a few years away from the majors, however, he'll likely start 2009 at Low-A.
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Heads to bench Saturday
SSSeattle Mariners
August 3, 2019
Beckham is out of the lineup Saturday against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Hitless in return to action
SSSeattle Mariners
August 2, 2019
Beckham went 0-for-4 and struck out twice in Friday's 10-2 loss to the Astros.
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Good to go Friday
SSSeattle Mariners
August 2, 2019
Beckham is starting in left field and batting sixth Friday at Houston, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Leaves with oblique issue
SSSeattle Mariners
July 31, 2019
Beckham was removed from Wednesday's game at Texas with oblique tightness, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Keeps knocking cover off ball
SSSeattle Mariners
July 28, 2019
Beckham went 3-for-4 with an RBI double, another two-bagger, a walk and two runs in a win over the Tigers on Saturday.
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