Rookie Dish: Beckham Goes Yard For First Time

Prospect Of The Day

It has been an inauspicious beginning to Princeton (Rays) shortstop Tim Beckham’s career, but the No. 1 overall pick has shown signs of life recently. He hit his first home run yesterday in a victory over Burlington (Royals), going 2-for-4 with a run, an RBI and his fourth stolen base of the season. Over his last 10 games, Beckham is batting .289.

Prospect Nuggets

GCL Marlins catcher Kyle Skipworth is now 0-for-his-last-19 after going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts yesterday . . . In an attempt to get his bat going, Anthony Hewitt has been serving as the GCL Phillies designated hitter more frequently, but he extended his hitless streak to four games last night as he finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts . . . Other notable 0-for-4 performances were turned in by GCL Orioles designated hitter Xavier Avery, Helena (Brewers) right fielder Cutter Dykstra, GCL Red Sox shortstop Casey Kelly and Elizabethton center fielder Angel Morales . . . Lefthander Robert Carson of Kingsport (Mets) has now pitched 18 consecutive scoreless frames, including seven yesterday, allowing six hits and fanning three for his second win with the club. He is carrying a 0.41 ERA through 22 Appy League innings . . . The AZL Royals got a gem from Tyler Sample, as the righthander threw five scoreless innings and struck out seven . . . Danville (Braves) third baseman Jon Gilmore’s hitting streak reached 12 games after going 2-for-4 with a run and his 21st double of the season . . . The GCL Nationals used a quality start from Jack McGeary to defeat the GCL Marlins, as the lankly lefthander struck out six and gave up five hits and two earned runs in six innings to earn his first victory this season . . . GCL Blue Jays shortstop Tyler Pastornicky was 2-for-3 with a run. He also swiped his 19th base of the season, a total that is good for fourth in the league . . . Righthander David Francis started the game for Danville (Braves) and took his third loss of the season, tossing four innings and allowing four hits and one earned run while striking out eight . . . Recently signed Victor Zambrano started the game for the GCL Yankees and pitched four innings, surrendering three hits and no runs . . . And of course, the Rookie Dish wouldn’t be complete without a Wilmer Flores mention, as the Kingsport (Mets) shortstop ran his average up to .330 after going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

What To Watch For Today

Brandon Ritchie, a high school lefthander selected in the 24th round by Milwaukee, will take the mound for Helena (Brewers) tonight against Ogden (Dodgers). He is 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA in 10 appearances this season.