|Hopefully he can learn some PITCHING tips following K-Rod around|
24 years old
6th minor league season (1st major league)
6'6" 230 pounds
Bat R/Throws R
Profile: Beato was originally drafted by the Mets in the 17th round of the 2005 draft out of Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, but they weren't able to sign him. The reason he dropped to the 17th round was that he had Tommy John Surgery in 2004. The Orioles drafted him in the supplemental round in 2006. The Orioles were holding out hope that there high draft pick could be a starting pitcher, but after 4 years, they realized his breaking stuff lagged behind his fastball, and tried him as a reliever last year. He was ranked 14th in the Orioles top prospects at the beginning of this off-season. The Mets added him to the 40-man roster in December in the Rule 5 draft from the Orioles (post on my immediate thoughts of Rule 5 draft here.) He needs to stay on the major league roster all year or be offered back to the Orioles. He was ranked 30th best Mets prospect by Baseball America this year
The Bad: The reason he didn't succeed as a starter, is that he didn't develop his secondary pitches. In order to succeed in the bullpen, he still needs to develop and least one other pitch. He has thrown a change-up, slider and curve throughout his career, but nothing is consistent. He also has had command issues in the past, with high walk rates, but that was mostly as a starter.
Video from Spring Training: 3rd base side; I had read reports he had a high effort delivery, but I would disagree from this/what I saw.
My Projected Stats: 40 innings, 4.80 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 30 strikeouts, 18 walks.
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