Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, September 20, 2013 02:00 PM Comments: 2
When Tim Beckham took the field last night for the Tampa Bay Rays, he became the 34th first round or supplemental first round pick from the 2008 MLB Draft to reach the Major Leagues. It took the former number-one overall pick six seasons, including two-and-a-half seasons in Triple-A, to have enough seasoning to join the Tampa Bay Rays. Somewhat surprisingly, Beckham is the first player drafted by the Rays since 2007 to reach the Major Leagues.
To be fair, the Rays did draft Zach Rosscup in 2009 and Derek Dietrich in 2010, players who reached the Majors but did so after being traded by the Rays. Compared to the Rays’ seemingly-paltry tally of just three players drafted after 2007 reaching the Majors, the Phillies have had 20 (seven from 2007′s class, nine from 2008′s class, two from 2009′s class, one from 2010′s class, and one from 2011′s class). Some, Brian Schlitter, Travis d’Arnaud, Michael Taylor, Jarred Cosart, Josh Zeid among others, reached the big leagues with other teams after being traded with others, including 2007 30th round pick, bullpen impact arm Jake Diekman, slugging 2009 20th round pick Darin Ruf, and 2011′s fourth round pick Cody Asche reached the Bigs with the Phils.
Diekman and Ruf are examples of the Phillies doing well in the later rounds of the draft and this is an area of the draft the Phillies have excelled in discovering value. For example, the Phillies found a slew of Major League-caliber bullpen arms after the tenth round of the 2008 draft: Michael Stutes (11th), B.J. Rosenberg (13th), and Michael Schwimer (14th). And the 2008 crop also produced Vance Worley (3rd), Jonathan Pettibone (3rd), and Cosart (38th). But it was the big misses in the first round of that draft that is one of the big reasons the Phillies are hurting in 2013.