Another shout out to Nate Stoltz of Seedlings to Stars as yesterday he did a profile on youngster Blake Beavan. It’s one of the better overall pieces I’ve seen written on him and I really encourage you to go out and read it.
Much like fellow Mariners starting pitcher Charlie Furbush, who I examined in the first installment in this series, Blake Beavan arrived in Seattle with a reputation as a finesse pitcher. Unlike Furbush, Beavan is a huge righthander who was once considered a power pitcher in the early days of his Rangers prospectdom. That power came with a max-effort delivery that Texas worked hard to smooth out, but once Beavan came up with a cleaner motion, his stuff was said to have been adversely affected.
Baseball America described Beavan’s stuff as consisting of a 90-92 mph sinking fastball, average slider, and below-average changeup, and that’s actually proven to be quite accurate, save for the omission of the fact that Beavan also throws a curveball, which is actually the offspeed pitch he’s turned to the most in his rookie season. – Nathaniel Stoltz
I’m not a huge Beavan fan but he has value and I really appreciated Nathanial’s point of view. Check it out.