JEREMY BEASLEY, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: November 20, 1995
Drafted: 30th Round, 895th overall pick, 2017 (Angels)
How Acquired: Trade (with Blue Jays)
College: Clemson University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Beasley fell in the draft after a poor junior year at Clemson. He worked his way up through the minors quickly, starting in almost exactly half his games. In his brief major league stints, he’s been strictly a reliever. Beasley throws a 95 mph fastball, along with a slider and splitter. The latter is probably his best secondary pitch. The Pirates acquired him from Toronto for cash, the third time he’s been traded already.
After signing, Beasley pitched briefly in the Arizona League and then moved up to advanced rookie ball. He worked strictly in relief.
In his first full season, Beasley had something of a breakout. The Angels moved him up through three levels and he got good results at all three. Between the three levels he started 18 of his 25 games. After the season, Baseball America rated him the team’s 20th best prospect.
Beasley spent most of the season in AA, working mainly as a starter. His season was more solid than good. After the season, the Angels traded him to Arizona. BA ranked him 27th in the Arizona system.
To open the pandemic season, Arizona sent Beasley to its alternate site, then added him to the 40-man roster and called him up in August. He got into one game and faced three batters, striking out one and allowing hits to the other two. About a week after he was called up, Beasley went on the IL with a strained shoulder and didn’t return that year.
In April, Arizona traded Beasley to Toronto. With the Jays he bounced back and forth between AAA and the majors, pitching mostly in relief. He had a good deal of trouble with walks at both levels. On July 4, the Jays outrighted him to AAA.
Beasley opened the season in AAA and was very effective, with much better control. Toronto called him up at the beginning of June. He had more trouble in the majors, largely due to gopher balls, as he allowed four in 15 innings. Toronto traded him to the Pirates for cash just before the deadline. He appeared in one game for Indianapolis and failed to retire any of the three batters he faced. Afterward he went on the injured list for the rest of the season.
The Pirates under Ben Cherington have been fascinated with late-20s relievers who are available cheap, usually on waivers, and who typically have had little to no success so far in the majors. This obsession has yet to produce a single success.
|2023: Major League Minimum|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut: 8/11/2020
MiLB FA Eligible: N/A
MLB FA Eligible: 2028
Rule 5 Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-Man: 8/10/2020
Options Remaining: 1 (USED: 2021, 2022)
MLB Service Time: 1.018
|June 14, 2017: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 30th round, 895th overall pick; signed on June 21.
January 14, 2020: Traded by the Los Angeles Angels to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Matt Andriese.
August 10, 2020: Contract purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
April 17, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
April 22, 2021: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.
June 30, 2021: Designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays; outrighted to AAA on July 4.
June 2, 2022: Called up by the Toronto Blue Jays.
August 2, 2022: Traded by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.