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Red Sox prospect Jalen Beeks struck out 11 and walked only one in 5 2/3 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket against Buffalo yesterday. 

The 24-year-old lefty earned the win, allowing two runs and three hits. 

Beeks -- who's on the Boston Red Sox's 40-man roster and was teammates with Andrew Benintendi at the University of Arkansas -- is 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and .178 batting average against in four starts.

He earned the Red Sox minor league Pitcher of the Year award in 2017 when he went 11-8 with a 3.29 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and .224 batting average against in 26 starts (145 innings) between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.

 

 

Dynasty stash time? Will there even be room up in the rotation for him? 

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Good post.  Hadn’t heard of this guy.  But minor league forum is where this one belongs.  Mods will move it, good look on bringing this name up, those K rates are silly.

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8 minutes ago, Cmilne23 said:

Good post.  Hadn’t heard of this guy.  But minor league forum is where this one belongs.  Mods will move it, good look on bringing this name up, those K rates are silly.

I can't even find a thread for him on that forum either. I figured since if he's pitching like this he's going to get a call up, they'd be insane to not try and find room for him. 

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This guy needs to be on everyone's radar right now. So far he's posted an absurd 37:6 K:BB in only 19.2 innings with a 1.37 ERA in Triple-A.

 

I think he's gonna get nabbed in just about every dynasty league in the next couple weeks if he continues this.

 

http://www.masslive.com/redsox/index.ssf/2018/04/boston_red_sox_prospect_jalen.html

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I asked about him in the deep sleeper thread last week and got no replies. I guess he's really really deep. Hopefully someone with some knowledge will chime in now.

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http://sixmanrotation.com/prospect-rundown-riley-4-16-4-22/

 

My girlfriend was a real trooper this weekend as I dragged her along to this outing. Beeks looked extremely strong all game and his breaker looked above average all night and flashed plus on occasion, something I was absolutely not expecting. Beeks hides the ball very well in his delivery, which helps his modest 91-92 FB play a bit better. He did have some trouble hitting his spots here and there throughout the 6 innings, which caused a rather inefficient outing, but it wasn’t so frequent that it got him into trouble. There was very little hard contact. Braves’ lefty Kolby Allard pitched opposite of Beeks and was also impressive after the 1st inning, in which he left a lot over the plate. Allard works down in the 90 mph range with his FB as well, but his curveball is extremely good, far better than I’ve seen it on video. The velocity band separation is perfect, as the curve will usually sit close to 77 mph, and he tunnels it with the FB extremely well. Watching them back-to-back for 5 straight innings, I think Beeks and Allard have very similar Major League careers ahead of them.

 

From everything I have gathered, he started throwing a cutter and gained better control of his slider this year.  Lack of plane and lower velocity separations may always be an issue but chances of pitching in rotation seem to have improved.  Beeks is currently on the 40 man roster so he figures to see some time in majors this year regardless if its in the bull pen or rotation.  The Red Sox are missing a quality LH reliever/long man at this point so there is a lot of speculation that he could fill that void in majors for time being.  Impressive numbers none the less.  

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Read that he developed a cutter as a 4th pitch this year and it's taken him to a whole other level. Watched his 2nd start and loved his changeup, it had hitters baffled. Plus he has lots of deception in his delivery, he keeps the ball hidden beside his stomach and then as he going thru his extension brings it up and kinda whips it. His fastball has some crazy movement on it and that along with the deception leads to a bunch of swing and misses.

 

Can't say anything else that's different this year because I only caught that 2nd start. But I have seen him play against Trenton last year. I always fall in love with pitchers with great movement on their fastballs and wicked changeups. I won't say his changeup is that wicked in itself but the velocity differential between it and his fastball makes it seem even more impressive...

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1 hour ago, JakeSarna said:

Read that he developed a cutter as a 4th pitch this year and it's taken him to a whole other level. Watched his 2nd start and loved his changeup, it had hitters baffled. Plus he has lots of deception in his delivery, he keeps the ball hidden beside his stomach and then as he going thru his extension brings it up and kinda whips it. His fastball has some crazy movement on it and that along with the deception leads to a bunch of swing and misses.

 

Can't say anything else that's different this year because I only caught that 2nd start. But I have seen him play against Trenton last year. I always fall in love with pitchers with great movement on their fastballs and wicked changeups. I won't say his changeup is that wicked in itself but the velocity differential between it and his fastball makes it seem even more impressive...

 

Good stuff. I did some Youtube scouting on this guy after reading these comments and looking into the numbers (specifically the Ks). The guy reminds me of Alex Wood in many ways. As previously referenced, the way he hides the baseball throughout his delivery and the almost whip he has when coming to the plate, they seem to look pretty similar. Besides the other obvious things like being a lefty and throwing MPH in a similar range. I saw a few of the cutters he throws to and that seems to be a nice out pitch. I don't know if the stuff really jumped out as more than above average, but I am interested because the numbers sure are. 

 

I can see this guy getting a shot if Price falls apart here at any point. 

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Right on cue Price spits the bit last night. Being on the 40 man is great, and he has to have positioned himself as the #6 in rotation...besides between Price, Erod and Pomeranz you know someone is DL bound in near future and he'll get a look. Saux really have quite the stable of lefties.

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His walk rate is way down this year.  In the past its always been a bit of a cautionary flag, but this year its solid.  Is his command better or is it just a function of no one being able to figure out the cutter yet?

 

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14 minutes ago, ST. STEVEN said:

Right on cue Price spits the bit last night. Being on the 40 man is great, and he has to have positioned himself as the #6 in rotation...besides between Price, Erod and Pomeranz you know someone is DL bound in near future and he'll get a look. Saux really have quite the stable of lefties.

 

Price looks broken again. I'm worried about him. I stashed Beeks this week...

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In case anyone hasn't looked Jalen's line from last night yet... 6.2 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned, 1bb, 9ks

 

Updated season totals : 1.71era, 26.1 innings, 7BB, 46Ks

 

 

46ks in 26 innings (15.92 K/9).... Is that good?  

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1 hour ago, LarryDavid said:

In case anyone hasn't looked Jalen's line from last night yet... 6.2 innings, 5 hits, 2 earned, 1bb, 9ks

 

Updated season totals : 1.71era, 26.1 innings, 7BB, 46Ks

 

 

46ks in 26 innings (15.92 K/9).... Is that good?  

 

Ha.

 

Is he on the Boston 40 man roster? 

 

Interesting that he pitched the same day as price.  But if he's not on the 40 I'm not sure Boston would go to him over Velaquez if they dl price.

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5 hours ago, rrrrich46 said:

I believe he is on the 40 man roster as of last November. 

 

I can confirm that he is on the 40 man.

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8 hours ago, mjb03003 said:

 

Price looks broken again. I'm worried about him. I stashed Beeks this week...

 

Except Beeks is behind Hector Velaquez and Brian Johnson both of whom are already on the big club.  And both of whom pitched well for Pomeranz and E-Rod at the beginning of the year.  So Beeks won't be up any time soon that I can see.

 

Yes Velaquez gave up the homer when he came in to relieve Price but he came into a bases loaded situation and he is a starter, not a short innings reliever so I think everyone including Cora gives him a pass on that.  Otherwise he has been totally outstanding and will be first man up if a Boston starter is DL'ed.

 

Brian Johnson has done almost as well too and if Velaquez isn't available he would start instead..

 

That isn't to say Beeks won't get a chance down the road but certainly not before Super 2 at the very earliest and probably not then unless both Velequez and Johnson have been used and gone through massive fails.  Better to keep the kid pitching in Pawtucket until he proves he belongs up and up to stay over a longer period than he has so far.  Maybe he gets a taste in September.  And Pomeranz is in his walk year and if his arm does have issues maybe Beeks has a chance next year.

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2 hours ago, The Big Bat Theory said:

 

Except Beeks is behind Hector Velaquez and Brian Johnson both of whom are already on the big club.  And both of whom pitched well for Pomeranz and E-Rod at the beginning of the year.  So Beeks won't be up any time soon that I can see.

 

Yes Velaquez gave up the homer when he came in to relieve Price but he came into a bases loaded situation and he is a starter, not a short innings reliever so I think everyone including Cora gives him a pass on that.  Otherwise he has been totally outstanding and will be first man up if a Boston starter is DL'ed.

 

Brian Johnson has done almost as well too and if Velaquez isn't available he would start instead..

 

That isn't to say Beeks won't get a chance down the road but certainly not before Super 2 at the very earliest and probably not then unless both Velequez and Johnson have been used and gone through massive fails.  Better to keep the kid pitching in Pawtucket until he proves he belongs up and up to stay over a longer period than he has so far.  Maybe he gets a taste in September.  And Pomeranz is in his walk year and if his arm does have issues maybe Beeks has a chance next year.

 

Love Beeks, just jumped on the wagon, but have to agree. It’ll be a tad before he gets called up. Boston has options to run through before pressure would even mount to bring him up. No reason to not at least wait until Super 2. 

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8 hours ago, The Big Bat Theory said:

 

Except Beeks is behind Hector Velaquez and Brian Johnson both of whom are already on the big club.  And both of whom pitched well for Pomeranz and E-Rod at the beginning of the year.  So Beeks won't be up any time soon that I can see.

 

Yes Velaquez gave up the homer when he came in to relieve Price but he came into a bases loaded situation and he is a starter, not a short innings reliever so I think everyone including Cora gives him a pass on that.  Otherwise he has been totally outstanding and will be first man up if a Boston starter is DL'ed.

 

Brian Johnson has done almost as well too and if Velaquez isn't available he would start instead..

 

That isn't to say Beeks won't get a chance down the road but certainly not before Super 2 at the very earliest and probably not then unless both Velequez and Johnson have been used and gone through massive fails.  Better to keep the kid pitching in Pawtucket until he proves he belongs up and up to stay over a longer period than he has so far.  Maybe he gets a taste in September.  And Pomeranz is in his walk year and if his arm does have issues maybe Beeks has a chance next year.

 

Man,  everything you say makes sense. 

 

But what if he keeps putting up numbers like he has? 

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Yeah, it may be tough for him to get a spot in the rotation this season unless multiple guys go down (which is possible), but it's also possible he comes up and pitches out of the bullpen at some point this season.  Maybe not put into a role like Josh Hader, but I could see him being Josh Hader-lite out of the bullpen.  Obviously there's only one guy like Hader, and that's Hader, but you get the idea.

 

One thing seems very likely is that he won't be spending the entire season in AAA.  His numbers are too eye popping, and that's with a really high BABIP (.431 after two starts ago on Saturday).

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11 hours ago, KilloWertz said:

Yeah, it may be tough for him to get a spot in the rotation this season unless multiple guys go down (which is possible), but it's also possible he comes up and pitches out of the bullpen at some point this season.  Maybe not put into a role like Josh Hader, but I could see him being Josh Hader-lite out of the bullpen.  Obviously there's only one guy like Hader, and that's Hader, but you get the idea.

 

One thing seems very likely is that he won't be spending the entire season in AAA.  His numbers are too eye popping, and that's with a really high BABIP (.431 after two starts ago on Saturday).

 

Definitlet agree. Whether it’s spot starting, long relief, lefty specialist (doubtful, but who knows), whatever, I don’t think the Sox will keep him down in AAA all year. 

 

Reminds of like a mini-Cliff Lee. I think a good amount of his success in the minors will translate to MLB. Not the crazy k rate, or the minuscule era, but very useful numbers. 

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5 minutes ago, mcbane said:

 

Definitlet agree. Whether it’s spot starting, long relief, lefty specialist (doubtful, but who knows), whatever, I don’t think the Sox will keep him down in AAA all year. 

 

Reminds of like a mini-Cliff Lee. I think a good amount of his success in the minors will translate to MLB. Not the crazy k rate, or the minuscule era, but very useful numbers. 

Agreed, especially since he has solid control as well.  Not quite the same since he didn't put up the K numbers, but since he's a recent call-up, success for Beeks like Soroka just had in his debut wouldn't be a shock since they both have good control with solid pitches.

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