Tim 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.
According to manager Buck Showalter, Manny Machado will start the 2018 season at shortstop while Beckham slides over to third base, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Beckham slashed .278/.328/.782 with career bests in basically every category after playing in 137 games in 2017, including 22 home runs and 62 RBI. The 28-year-old recently agreed to a one-year, $3.35 million deal to avoid arbitration and should have the opportunity to expand on his previous campaign as the club's leadoff man during this upcoming season.
Beckham agreed to a one-year, $3.35 million deal with Baltimore on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports. This was the first offseason of arbitration eligibility for Beckham, who received a $2.5 million raise from this past year. In 2017, the shortstop appeared in 137 games split between Baltimore and Tampa Bay, slashing .278/.328/.454 with 22 home runs and 62 RBI. It remains to be seen whether Beckham will be able to build on his breakthrough year at the plate, but a key to sustaining his form will be shoring up a 29 percent strikeout rate that has plagued him each season.
Beckham (hamstring) is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Beckham felt a tweak in his hamstring during Friday's game and will likely remain on the bench for the rest of the season while resting the injury. In his place, J.J. Hardy will pick up a start at shortstop for Saturday's tilt.
Beckham tweaked his hamstring Friday night and may be held out the rest of the season as a result, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. Beckham said that he was only playing at about 60 percent of normal before tweaking his knee during Friday's game and that he probably shouldn't have attempted to play through the injury. Expect Beckham's season to be over; if so, his final line will be .278/.328/.454 with 22 home runs over 137 games, a breakout campaign for the 27-year-old.
Beckham (hamstring) is in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays. Beckham sat out the last three games while dealing with his injury, but he is apparently feeling good enough to start Friday night against his former squad. As he has regularly done when healthy over the last several weeks, he will man shorstop and hit leadoff for the Orioles.