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Rays prospect Tim Beckham suspended for 50 games

Matt Moore, Tim Beckham, Gary Brown

From left, U.S. players Matt Moore, Tim Beckham, and Gary Brown look on during player introductions prior to the All-Star Futures baseball game, Sunday, July 10, 2011, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


At one point Rays minor league infielder Tim Beckham was a top prospect. He was the number one overall draft pick in 2008. He played in the Futures Game last year and everything. He’s still a prospect -- Keith Law ranked him as the eighth best in the Rays system this year and he has been talked about as a potential callup to the big club -- but he’s sinking fast due to what seems to be a substance abuse problem:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Tampa Bay Rays Minor League shortstop Tim Beckham has received a 50-game suspension after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse.

Beckham started out the year in Durham and started it poorly, hitting .204/.290/.278. And now it gets worse.

Man, between this and the Evan Longoria news, it’s been a pretty bad day for the Rays, yes?