What they're saying about Tim Beckham
"I thought he was the best player on the board, and I give the Rays a lot of credit. They took the player with the best chance of anybody in this draft pool to be a superstar."
Keith Law, Scouts Inc. and ESPN.com
"He's kind of an interesting looking kid. I know our scouts loved him. One of our scouts thought he was potentially an 80 hitter, which is the highest grade you can give. All of that sounds really good to me. And he's supposed to have great makeup, which is very important to us."
Joe Maddon, Rays manager
"A good-looking athlete; a guy that makes it look easy defensively. … A guy that's going to be an offensive shortstop and really impact this club. And he's a guy that's going to move pretty quickly because he's a pretty refined player."
Steve Phillips, ESPN analyst and former Mets general manager
"He has drawn comparisons to the Upton brothers, though he has more aptitude in the field and not quite the lightning in the bat."
Baseball America staff
"He is a five-tool player who, with good coaching, could be in the big leagues before he turns 21."
"I think the tools and the ceiling is so great."
Peter Gammons, ESPN
Compiled by Marc Topkin, Times staff writer