Tim Beckham is expected to miss the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL during an off-season workout, reports Jake Seiner of MiLB.com. Beckham was expected to compete for a bench spot on the Tampa Bay Rays roster in spring training.
Typiclly when a former first overall pick suffers a signifigant injury, the ramifications are felt throughout the prospect world. That this is a note on a slow news day speaks not to the severity of the injury but of Beckham's diminisahed prospect status.
Beckham, still just 23, got a late-season call-up to the majors last season and had a chance at grabbing a roster spot this season, thanks in part to his defensive versatility. The former shortstop has also played second base in recent years and profiles as a player who will be able to handle third base and corner outfield positions down the road when eventually asked.
It's Beckham's hit tool, however, that has left the Rays disappointed. The power that was expected from him has never developed and high strikeout totals have kept his batting averages down in the .260's.
Beckham was not a player the Rays were relying on for 2014,but he was certainly on their radar. With all hope certainly not lost for the former top prospect, a lost season of developmental time could be devistating. Beckham could return towards the end of the 2014 season, but he is expected to miss the majority of the year.