Tim Beckham has been called up by the Rays and will soon make his big league debut, five years after he was the top pick of the 2008 draft.
As we discussed at the beginning of September, it made sense that the Rays would add Beckham considering Yunel Escobar was the only true shortstop on the roster. The only question was whether it would happen on September 1 or after the Durham Bulls season ended. Well, their loss in the triple-A championship game tonight was the end of their run and now Beckham is a member of the Rays.
Jake Odorizzi, who started tonight’s game for the Bulls is also expected to be called up. However, his move may not be official until later this week.
In addition, Freddy Guzman has been called up to serve as a “pinch-running specialist.” Guzman was able to be added to the 40-man roster because Brandon Guyer was transferred to the 60-day DL, even though he has been playing for the Bulls on a “rehab assignment” the last couple of weeks. Amazing.