Jun 5, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Blake Beavan (49) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Experiment Over for Beavan


Blake Beavan is a great guy. He works very hard and competes every time that he is on the mound. Never have we had to deal with any character issues or anything of the sort.

With that being said, Blake Beavan is no longer a major league starting pitcher. Actually, I am not even sure if he is a major league caliber pitcher at all anymore. Beavan was the surprise coming out of spring training, everyone had Iwakuma pegged for the number four spot in the rotation. But Beavan came to spring training ready to do what he always does and that’s compete. He came out throwing strikes and was having decent success while Iwakuma (his competition) was struggling mightily.

I am not sure if Beavan actually won the job from Iwakuma or if Iwakuma was just so bad that they did not have any other choices. Coming out of spring training Beavan was the best option for that spot. Well that time is officially over. Iwakuma’s stuff is back, pitching very well as of late. In Iwakuma’s last four outings he has pitched 6.1 innings giving up only 1 earned run. Iwakuma only signed a one year deal and we need to see what he can do if given a chance to start. He has the potential to be an above average starter and its time to give him a chance.

The Mariners also have another option to replace Beavan and that’s Erasmo Ramirez. Ramirez pitched well at the start of the year with the Mariners as their long reliever. He was sent down to Tacoma so he could get his pitch count up and eventually come back and start for the big club. Since his demotion Ramirez has been outstanding. He is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA while dominating triple A hitters at times. Ramirez is going to be apart of our rotation for years to come because he is only 21 years old. Even though he is young, he is still a better pitcher than Beavan is right now and he is another guy who would be an improvement over Beavan.

Beavan does not have very good stuff. He relies on deception and location to get through a game. Well there is

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one problem with that right now, he is not locating his pitches and is getting absolutely rocked. In his last 3 starts he has only lasted 13 innings, giving up  a total of 17 earned runs. The only reason he is not 0-3 in those starts is because he was the beneficiary of the 21 runs the offense put up in Texas. Beavan could potentially be a decent long reliever if he can get his command back; but as of right now, he is the worst pitcher on the roster. He needs to go down to Tacoma and either be converted into a reliever or work on fixing his command issues.

I hope I end up being wrong about Beavan, he is a great guy with an amazing work ethic. But, I just don’t see him ever being apart of a successful major league starting rotation. Sending him to the bullpen is going to be the best situation for both Blake and the Seattle Mariners as a whole.

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  • Keith_12thMR

    He needs to go down. When his control is there, he can be effective like he was for half a season a year ago. Something is just really off with him right now. He can’t control any of his pitches and is throwing batting practice up the now. Send him down, get him right, and bring him back up to replace Millwood when the latter is traded.

    • http://www.sodomojo.com Riley Carel

      If he is not hitting the corners with his pitches then he will get rocked, its just that simple. The thing that sucks is that he can be effective when he has that control. He has the ability to pitch deep into games and give us a good chance to win. Here is my problem with him. I do not see him as apart of the rotation in 2 years. There are too many guys in the minors that will be way more effective than he can be. So he is just blocking innings from a guy like Ramirez who I do see as a big part of our future. And it is very frustrating to sit here and watch him get rocked while he is blocking somebody who could use the innings.

  • maqman

    Erasmo is the best replacement for Beavan at this point.  If Noesi doesn’t get better they need to swap him out for Iwakuma, of not Iwakuma then give Furbush another shot.

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