Former Rays Top Pick Beckham Suspended for Failing 2nd Drug Test

Tim Beckham, the first overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, was suspended 50 games after a second violation of minor-league baseball’s drug policy.

The 22-year-old shortstop tested positive for a recreational drug, according to an e-mailed statement today from the office of baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. The undisclosed substance was classified in the release as a “drug of abuse,” rather than a performance-enhancing substance.

Beckham received a $6.15 million signing bonus, at the time a record for a draft pick, with the Rays in 2008, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He was hitting .204 with six runs scored and one stolen base in 13 games this season with the Durham Bulls, Tampa Bay’s Triple-A affiliate.

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