Thursday May 9, 2008
GRIFFIN, Ga. (AP) -- Tim Beckham had his head down as he heard
baseball commissioner Bud Selig announce his name as the top pick
in baseball's draft, and then the Griffin High School shortstop was
engulfed in a circle of bear hugs from his family.
The announcement was only a formality; Beckham already had a
Tampa Bay Devil Rays No. 1 jersey, complete with his name, on the
back of his chair. He put on the jersey and a Devil Rays cap as a
room full of friends continued to cheer. "I found out this morning when they gave me a call," Beckham said, adding "I was about to do a back flip in my room."
Beckham established himself as the top prep prospect in the
nation with solid performances at last summer's high school
showcase events and hit .500 with five homers, 31 RBIs and 16
stolen bases this season as Griffin High advanced to the state
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