With the trade of Justin Smoak and Yonder Alonso rumors, too, it made me think about the top half of the first round. Tampa Bay's #1 pick isn't developing as fast as most thought that he would.
The first player selected in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft has not risen through the minors as quickly as the team that drafted him would have liked. Still, Tampa Bay shortstop prospect Tim Beckham is working hard to gain respect in the organization. Playing for the Class A Stone Crabs in Port Charlotte, Fla., Beckham is aware of how important this time in the minors will be to his eventual development into a major leaguer, writes MLB.com on Monday. "It's something I need to go through to be ready for that, and I know that," Beckham said. "Everybody puts in their time. Everybody's been here. I'm not in a rush to get to the big leagues. When I'm ready, I'll be there. I'm not worried about it. Time will tell." For now, more work is necessary due to his .217 batting average with nine doubles, four triples and five homers over 56 games.
Lukevics pointed to a lengthy list of good things about the shortstop, especially drawing attention to his intangibles. The 6-foot, 190-pound Beckham is a potential five-tool player, but Lukevics praised his coachable attitude and strong work ethic more than anything…”I don’t care who you are, when you come into this game, you come in with some type of attitude. In order to have success, you have to have that cocky confidence,” Lukevics said. “Tim has all the intangibles, Tim has all the physical skills to be a Major League player, and he’s going to have to stay after it.