Blake Beavan Is Not an MLB Starting Pitcher
Last year, Blake Beavan got to the big leagues and, despite not actually pitching very well, convinced some people that he was worth a longer look in the rotation. Yeah, okay, he doesn’t get strikeouts or ground balls, and his results actually aren’t very good, but, hey, no walks and weak contact, right?
Err, uhh, well, at least the no walks thing is true. After giving up 10 hits (three of which left the yard) tonight, Beavan is now giving up 1.34 home runs per nine innings and has a .293 batting average on balls in play. Twenty-two percent of opponents balls in play off him are being hit for line drives. The idea that Beavan is somehow a guy who outpitches his peripherals has been completely blown up.
Beavan is a guy who has one Major League skill – the ability to throw the ball down the middle. Besides that, he’s Triple-A fodder. There’s a chance that his stuff could play up in relief and he could be a mediocre middle reliever, but that’s his ceiling. There’s just nothing there to suggest that Blake Beavan is any kind of Major League starting pitcher, and there’s no reason for the Mariners to keep running him out there every five days.
Hisashi Iwakuma is better. Erasmo Ramirez is better. Danny Hultzen is better. I’d pick Iwakuma, personally, but Ramirez has a similar skillset and more of a future in Seattle, so there are valid reasons to give him the spot instead. Either one of them would be a clear and obvious upgrade over Beavan.
It’s time to just pull the plug and admit that Beavan doesn’t have any kind of future as a starting pitcher in the big leagues. Shift him to the bullpen and hope he takes off – if not, at least then the team will have a long reliever that they can trust to warm up on short notice.