RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
||Born: January 2, 1990
Height: 6′ 4″
Drafted: 18th Round, 535th Overall, 2009
How Acquired: Draft
College: Grayson County CC
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|I couldn’t find much pre-draft info on Beckman beyond a reference to him throwing in the upper-80s as a HS senior. He actually was never a senior, because he was home schooled and just joined the baseball team. I couldn’t find any stats for Grayson County. That school also produced John Lackey, former Pirate Andy LaRoche, and former 40-man roster member Kevin Thompson. Beckman’s fastball now sits in the low-90s, and he also throws a curve and change. He’s lowered his arm slot and now throws sidearm, which should be evident from the photo.
Beckman was second on the GCL Bucs in innings. He made three starts and eight relief appearances. Distinctions between starts and relief appearances don’t mean much at that level, though, as he actually averaged more innings in the latter. Overall, he didn’t pitch well. Opponents hit .281 against him and he fanned only 19 in 39.1 IP.
Pitched in relief at State College and didn’t get hit quite as hard, with an opponents’ average of .247. He had an extreme groundout to air out ratio of 2.37 and struck out very few.
Opened the season at West Virginia, but was promoted to Bradenton after only four games and served as the Marauders’ principal closer. He showed significant improvement, with an opponents’ average of .226 and a much better K rate. The improvement came mainly in the season’s second half. Beckman had an ERA of 4.21 through the end of June, and it could have been a lot worse had half the runs against him not been unearned. Starting in July, though, his ERA was 2.05 and hitters batted just .172 against him. Surprisingly for a sidearm pitcher, he had a mild reverse platoon split, as left-handed batters hit only .595 against him while right-handed batters hit .673. Also a little odd was the fact that he wasn’t a groundball pitcher, with roughly an even ratio between groundouts and air outs.
Beckman opened 2012 at Altoona but injured his elbow in his first and only outing. After attempting to rehab it, he had Tommy John surgery in June.
Beckman returned from the TJ surgery at the beginning of June. He relieved in 13 games for Bradenton and 15 for Altoona. Considering that it was his recovery season, he did fine.
Beckman was eligible for the Rule 5 draft for the second time and again wasn’t selected. He returned to the Altoona bullpen and had good results except for an extremely low K rate. He held opponents to a 218/318/277 line, with right-handed hitters managing just a .564 OPS. His batting average on balls in play of .243, though, isn’t likely to be sustainable.
Beckman will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft again. It’s hard to see adding him to the roster with such a low K rate. He’s got one more year until minor league free agency. If he’s back, it should be at Indianapolis.
|2015: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2009
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 11, 2009: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 18th round, 535th overall pick; signed on July 1.|