PRINCETON, W.Va. — Tim Beckham, baseball’s No. 1 overall draft pick, no longer has his older brother as a teammate.
The Tampa Bay Rays have promoted Jeremy Beckham from Rookie League affiliate Princeton to Hudson Valley of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League.
Princeton General Manager Jim Holland says Jeremy Beckham was shipped out to Hudson Valley on Tuesday.
Jeremy Beckham, a second baseman, was selected in the 17th round of last month’s amateur draft. The 22-year-old batted .260 in 18 games with Princeton.
Jeremy Beckham had the second-highest total of stolen bases on the team with three.
The Hudson Valley Renegades was home to numerous current Major League Baseball players, including Evan Longoria and James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays and Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers.
Jeremy Beckham will likely make his first appearance with the Renegades during the team’s three-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies Class A affiliate Williamsport Crosscutters.
Tim Beckham is a shortstop who remains in Princeton, where he’s hitting .174 in 19 games. The 18-year-old last month agreed to a contract that includes a $6.15 million signing bonus.