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Rays Select SS Tim Beckham With Top Pick in Draft

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays selected Tim Beckham with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft Thursday, choosing the talented high school shortstop from Griffin, Ga., over Florida State catcher Buster Posey.

Beckham was recognized as one of the best pure athletes in the draft and labeled a legitimate five-tool player.

He 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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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