Is it us or does Tim Beckham look like he has bulked up a little bit? Here is a pic from last year.


  • Tim Beckham talks about the adjustment to Major League Baseball and to a Major League clubhouse. Tom Foley spoke about Beckham’s work ethic. [MLB]

“I’ll tell you one thing — the kid wants to work,” infield coach Tom Foley said. “He’s a great kid. He wants to work. He’s never going to shy away from it. And that’s going to make him better. He’ll be good because of his work ethic.”

  • Marc Topkin has some quotes from several veterans about Tim Beckham and their impressions so far. The general consensus is that he is young but looks to be handling it well. [St. Pete Times]

But [the Rays] are really impressed with the progress he has made, improving his defense and refining his hitting approach to use the full field and maximize his power, and the potential he has shown. Realistically, he’s at least a few years away, likely headed to low Class A Bowling Green for his first full-season experience, but the Rays plan to take a look at him in some early exhibitions.

  • Marc Lancaster says that when the mics are turned off the veterans (and at least one coach) have been trying to keep young Timothy Lamar Beckham in his place. [Tampa Tribune]
  • Joe Maddon got his first look at Jason Isringhausen and he liked what he saw. [MLB]

“[He] looked pretty good,” Maddon said. “I thought he was pretty firm today. I thought he threw the ball well and he felt pretty good about himself. It was kind of nice to watch.”

  • Ken Rosenthal does a video report from Rays camp. Of course by “video report” we mean Rosenthal phones in the commentary and there are pictures that are moving across the screen. You get the idea. Anyway, nothing Earth shattering. Rosenthal says the Rays are better on paper with a deeper bullpen an better offensively with Pat Burrell and he expects a huge year from Carl Crawford. He thinks the Rays are a 90-win team, but not necessarily a playoff team. [Fox Sports]
  • The AP ran a story on Edwin Jackson and his efforts to build on his 2008 success (thanks Dustin). [USA Today]


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