Beato Would Rather Stay In The Pen

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that he sees no reason why Rule 5 draft pick, Pedro Beato, could not be a starter in the Major Leagues. Prior to Monday’s victory over the S.D. Padres, Collins stated the following to reporters regarding the young righty:

The fact that he’s got such great movement on his fastball, commands his offspeed pitches — there’s no reason why this guy shouldn’t be able to be a starting pitcher…he really hasn’t accumulated a lot of innings. Perhaps he should go to winter ball to start just to see how he does it.”

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Collins had not yet approached Sandy Alderson or Beato on the subject, but he would like for Pedro to go to winter ball as a starter and get consideration for a 2012 rotation spot if he succeeds.  However, after being approached with the idea, the 24-year-old was not as enthusiastic as his manager.

“I like the bullpen,” Beato told MLB.com. “That’s where I want to stay. …That would be my preferred spot to be.  But, if I’m asked to start, I won’t back down from it.”

Pedro was actually drafted by the New York Mets in the 17th round of the 2005 MLB draft, but opted not to sign and instead attended St. Petersburg college.  Beato certainly upped his stock in 2005 before being selected by the Orioles in the first round (32nd overall) of the 2006 draft.  Over five minor league seasons with Baltimore, however, the young flamethrower struggled as a starting pitcher, going 19-27 with a 4.49 ERA in In 78 starts.

It wasn’t until his fifth season as an Oriole’s prospect that the Xaverian High School grad experienced some success. Beato converted 16 saves while boasting a 7.5 k/9 ratio over 59 2/3 innings pitched:

During last nights broadcast Ron Darling spoke about the idea of Beato as starting stating:

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If I were to work with him to get him into starting mode, I would take away the four Swanee that he throws ninety percent of the time and make him sink the ball. He’s got a good sinker, he’d get more ground balls. Make him more into a sinker slurve guy with that good change up. You can pop that four Swanee every once in a while.”

Darlings philosophy does make sense and I’m not sure I disagree with Collins, I mean, Beato does have four pitches, that at times have looked dominate against Major League hitters during his brief tenure with the Mets. However, with that said, I do believe his best role with NY could come as a reliever, and possible as the club’s future closer.  The combo of his four seam fastball and excellent change up could cause havoc for hitters during a one inning stint out of the pen, where he’s put up a 4.10 ERA as a rookie this year.

I will say this, if sending Beato to winter ball to make him a starter allows the Queens native to gain more confidence in his change up then I am all for it, but I hope the end result is for him to pitch out of the pen.  With players like Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler and Juerys Familia on the horizon it would be especially nice to see NY develop Beato a a back end reliever.

What do you thing the best role for Beato will be next season and beyond?

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  • Joe Gomez

    I say send him to winter ball and that will determine if he is a starter or BP material. In either case, he needs to pitch in order to get his control back.