What kind of season do you see Tim Beckham having in 2009?
Cork Gaines: Magic 8-Ball says...Something better than he did last year and something less than what we want. He is young and showed last year that there is going to be an adjustment period. He will probably be fine, but he is definitely a work in progress.
Tommy Rancel: I don't think that stats really matter with Beckham yet. Although it would be nice for him to start out hitting well, I think it's more important for him to refine his approach at the plate and become more selective. With a player of his age and experience, you almost have to turn a blind eye to the stats and trust the scouts at this point.
R.J. Anderson: A progressive one, if not overly impressive statistically.
RaysParty: Thankfully Beckham is not Matt Bush and will be able to get to Majors as a shortstop. Last year Beckham was not to bad but it was an adjustment to playing every day as opposed to high school. I think the Rays will have coaches in the minors help him work on certain points of his game, but he can have a great season and maybe hit a line like .280/.350/.460. We should see him attempt more bases this season and start to hit for more extra bases including over 6-7 triples. If I have to give a projection of some key stats it will look like this:
.280/.350/.460, 6 triples, 25 stolen bases, 10 home runs. This assumes he plays most of the year mainly in Bowling Green and not short season Hudson Valley.
Tyler Hissey: Beckham is still very raw, of course, and will have his fair share of struggles at full-season ball. Barry Larkin comparisons are not tossed around lightly, though, and with legit five-tool talent, I would not be surprised to see him make a huge step forward at Bowling Green, hitting somewhere in the vicinity of .270/.340/.420. His presence on the roster will provide one of the best tourist attractions in a town that gets pretty boring after Hilltopper basketball season, as anyone who has been to the college town would agree. And he seems to be making quite the impression at big league camp already. I am anxious to see what the summer has in store for him.
Brickhaus: He'll have a learning season. I think he'll be slightly above-average for league (which, on the face of his stats, will look pretty mediocre), but will be spending most of the year focusing on putting his lower body in his swing and improving his play around the bag. He's a tools guy, but he's pretty raw for a #1 overall pick, so I don't expect him to perform great right out of the box. However, people will see that the tools are still there, and that he's turning the tools into skills, and his performance should improve over the course of the season, so he'll continue to be ranked highly by the publications (sort of like Mike Moustakas this year).
Doug Milhoan: I think he will get off to a good/great start in his first year of full-season ball at Bowling Green. But I see him fading as the summer wears on. Shortstop is a physically demanding position and he's never played nearly that many games. Hopefully, no injuries. Long term, he will stick at SS, the power will develop, and I think so will the patience at the plate. A solid defensive shortstop with decent OBP and some pop at his age (19 in '09) is still a top prospect regardless of any setbacks towards the end of the year..
Kevin Gengler: I think it's going to take him some time to adjust to the advanced pitching, but by the end of the year he'll have a league-average line, which is impressive for a 19-year old shortstop in full-season ball. He'll flash the tools that made him the #1 pick but I'm not sure anything about him is really outstanding. He has quick wrists but probably needs to re-build his swing, or at least adjust it, and that's going to be tough to handle along with everything else. I think that when everyone rolls out their 2010 Rays prospect lists, Beckham will be in the 3-5 range.