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The video report below focuses on Cowart, Travis Witherspoon and Randal Grichuk, all in that Top 20.
And Wednesday’s Star of the Day is…
Someone from the Phoenix Desert Dogs, who absolutely pounded the Surprise Saguaros, 15-1. Honestly, I thought going for the two-point conversion after their second touchdown was a bit much… The Dogs, as I like to call ‘em, had two players with four hits. Brock Kjeldgaard of the Brewers went 4-for-6 with a pair of ribbies. But Tim Beckham of the Rays outdid him just a bit. The former No. 1 overall pick went 4-for-5 with a double, triple and four RBIs. Beckham has been working on his play at second base while making up for lost time and trying to restore his prospect status following a 50-game suspension this year.
Inning: Bottom 7
Situation: One out, no one on. Score tied 5-5.
Outcome: Tapper back to the mound.
Facing a lefty for the first time, John Flanagan, Beckham took a ball before getting fooled on Flanagan’s second pitch. He was way out in front, tried to hold up his swing and ended up with a check-swing tapper back to Flanagan. Flanagan’s got a real funky delivery and comes from a three-quarters arm slot and the guess here is Beckham didn’t see too much of that in high school. Flanagan’s tossed three scoreless innings, so it’s not just Beckham having trouble picking the ball up.
So Beckham is 1-for-4 tonight. Combined distance of all of his balls in play, I think, would be about 300 feet. But hey, he hasn’t struck out yet.
Inning: Bottom 4
Situation: .Two outs, none on. Princeton leading, 5-3.
Outcome: Groundout to the shortstop, end of inning.
Getting a third look at Lehman, he took a couple of pitches to run the count to 1-1. He then hit a grounder in the hole to short, fielded by Lifete Jose, who threw out Beckham by a half-step. Beckham’s 1-for-3 on the night, but hasn’t gotten the ball out of the infield as of yet. He has shown an ability to get down the line in a hurry.
At this rate, he’s going to have about 6 ABs…
Inning: Bottom 2
Situation: Runner on third, two outs. Princeton leading 3-0.
Outcome: Grounder to second, side retired.
Beckham took the first offering from Lehman in his second at-bat and went the other way with it, right at Franco. It was a routine play and Franco made it. Beckham will have to wait for his first pro RBI.
Inning: Bottom 1
Situation: One out, no one on
Outcome: Infield hit.
Had the chance to talk with both Beckahms (Tim and older brother Jeremy, who wasn’t in the lineup) prior to the game and both were engaging and intelligent. Both, needless to say, were a bit excited for the game to get going.
As for the first at-bat, Beckham faced Mike Lehman, a Royals right-hander who was taken in the 20th round of the 2007 draft who put up some decent numbers in the rookie-level Arizona League last summer. He got a nice hand from the home crowd, but you get the feeling that most here in Princeton didn’t quite get what the big deal was, which is really as it should be. Tim Beckham would like nothing more than to be just “one of the team” for the time being.
After taking a first pitch for ball one, Beckham hit a bounder up the middle. Burlington 2B Angel Franco was able to backhand it, but Beckham easily beat the throw for his first professional hit. Someday, he’ll tell his grandkids it was a screaming line drive. So far, he’s batting 1.000. He came around to score his first pro run later in the inning.I’ll be back later for his next AB.
It’s a good time to be a Rays fan.
Honestly, how often, before now, could you say something like that and mean it sincerely? But it’s true, from the bottom up.
At the top rung, obviously, the Rays are playing great baseball. After their win this afternoon, they’re just a half-game behind the Red Sox atop the AL East. Matt Garza threw a dandy and Evan Longoria is white hot. In his last four games, he’s gone 8-for-19 (6-for-11 in the last two) with three homers, four doubles and 8 RBIs.
Down in Double-A, 2007 No. 1 overall pick David Price makes his Southern League debut, starting for Montgomery tonight in Mobile at 8 p.m. ET. You can listen on MiLB.com Gameday Audio.
But wait, that’s not all. I’m in Princeton, West Virginia because Tim Beckham is making his professional debut tonight. He’ll DH and bat second in the P-Rays lineup against the Burlington Royals. You can listen to that game as well at 7 p.m. ET. There was a little nasty weather here a bit ago, and the radar looks like it might have one more bit of rain, so batting practice was banged, but it’s looking like all systems are go for the No. 1 pick in this most recent draft to get his first taste of pro ball. I’ll be writing a story off of it and we’ll (myself and Joe Cronin) provide a video interview and a little later, a feature, from the game. Wireless access permitting, I’ll try to blog after each of his at-bats tonight.
Flood relief efforts continue: Changing the topic for a minute, I just wanted to update you on a few on-going efforts regarding helping out those impacted by the flooding in the Midwest. A couple of days ago, I wrote about Trevor Bell and how he was donating $100 for every strikeout in a recent start, which meant a total of $700 when all is said and done. Well, after surveying the area a bit, Bell wrote a check for $2500 before being moved back up to Rancho Cucamonga. It’s reported in that city that Angels GM Tony Reagins promised the Angels will make a donation to the city as well. Stephen Smith, over at FutureAngels.com, passed along some information on his blog. The Cedar Rapids Kernels now have a local relief fund up and running. Send dontations to:
Kernels Foundation Flood Relief
PO Box 2001
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
I also just got a release from Minor League Baseball announcing the formation of MiLB Charities and that $50,000 will be donated to Iowa flood victims as the charitable arm’s first act.
More to come from Princeton as action unfolds…
I threw up the official release over on my draft blog, but wanted people over here to know as well that Tim Beckham officially signed with the Rays today. The No. 1 overall pick will head to Princeton, West Virginia, to begin his pro career in the Appalachian League, alongside his brother Jeremy. As I get info on when Tim will be making his debut, I’ll pass it along…