Jalen Beeks Pawtucket Red Sox  |  Pitcher

     
 


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Age: 24
Born: July 10, 1993
Fayetteville, AR
Height: 5-11
Weight: 195
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 12th round, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: Arkansas
High School: Prairie Grove HS (AR)
ETA: Late 2018

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Physical Description: Undersized. Filled-out frame with a strong lower half.

Mechanics: Throws from the first base side of the rubber. High three-quarters arm slot. Stiff delivery with a lot of moving parts, though his delivery is a lot cleaner and easier now than when he signed. Comes set with his hands just below his belt and brings them back up with a high leg kick. Used to have a trunk twist and rocked back at the height of his delivery, but those became less pronounced during the 2017 season. As his hands break, he brings his left arm behind his back leg with a wrist hook. As he delivers, his front foot gets down early and the arm lags behind, creating added stress on the arm and making it difficult to locate. All this movement and rigidness creates deception, and coupled with his quick arm out front makes it tough to pick up the ball out of his hand.

Fastball: 89-92 mph, tops out at 95 mph with life. Also throws a two-seamer at 87-89 mph that shows late, arm-side run. Fastball velocity could play up in short stints. Velocity tends to drop into the high-80s as he works deeper into games. Solid control of pitch, but command needs refinement. Deception in his delivery and quick arm create perceived late life on the fastball and it gets on hitters quickly. Fringy command profile due to inconsistent release point and effort in delivery. Potential above-average offering.

Changeup: 84-86 mph. Thrown with deceptive arm speed. Has shown the ability to pull the string on it with late drop. Reportedly lost his command of the pitch in 2016, but regained it in 2017. Potential solid-average offering.

Cutter: 87-88 mph. Added pitch in 2017, scrapping his slider. Throws with short, horizontal break.

Curveball: 73-76 mph. Pitch has 1-to-7 break with depth, breaking down-and-away from left-handed hitters. Also struggled with the curve in 2016. At its best, the pitch is an average offering.

Slider: Was a potential average offering, but Beeks scrapped the pitch in 2017 in favor of a cutter. 84-86 mph. Showed short, late break. Tended to be more vertical when thrown harder and showed more tilt in lower velocity ranges.

Career Notes: Missed time due to an elbow injury late in his junior season at Arkansas that likely caused him to fall in the draft. Attended 2014 Fall Instructional League. Had something of a breakout performance in Spring Training 2017, throwing two scoreless innings in a start against the Team USA World Baseball Classic squad that later won that tournament despite being told he was starting 15 minutes before the game.

Summation: Profiles best in a relief role due to size, delivery, and past arm issues. In shorter stints, Beeks could sit 94-95 mph with two effective off-speed pitches from the left side, allowing him to be effective against both right-handed and left-handed hitters. With the addition of the cutter to create a four-pitch mix and simplified mechanics, Beeks could represent an intriguing depth option as a spot starter, but long-term he is still best suited for a relief role.

 
   
  Pitching Stats &sp;                                        
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
  2013 Arkansas NCAA Coll --- 19 6 2 0.750 2.20 29 0 2 41.0 33 10 10 1 7 28 0.98 4.00 6.15
  2014 Arkansas NCAA Coll --- 20 6 4 0.600 1.98 13 13 0 81.2 67 24 18 2 20 68 1.07 3.40 7.49
  2014 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 20 0 0 --- 0.00 2 0 0 5.0 3 0 0 0 0 8 0.60 --- 14.40
  2015 Greenville SAL A Bos 21 9 7 0.563 4.32 26 26 0 145.2 156 82 70 17 28 100 1.26 3.57 6.18
  2016 Salem Car A+ Bos 22 4 4 0.500 3.07 13 13 0 67.1 67 25 23 9 24 55 1.35 2.29 7.35
  2016 Portland East AA Bos 22 5 0.556 4.68 13 13 0 65.1 72 37 34 6 28 56 1.53 2.00 7.71
  2016 Surprise AFL Fall Bos 22 0 1 0.000 6.57  10 0 0 12.1 16 9 9 2 5 13 1.70 2.60 9.49
  2017 Portland East AA Bos 23 5 1 0.833 2.19 9 9 0 49.1 35 12 12 3 22 58 1.16 2.64 10.58
  2017 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23 6 7 0.462 3.86 17 17 0 95.2 86 45 41 10 33 97 1.24 2.94 9.13
  2018 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24     stats                            
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 21, 2014 by Chris Mears
Signing Bonus: $150,000
MiLB Debut: August 19, 2014 (GCL)
MLFA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
Added to 40-man: November 20, 2017 (Boston)
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2017):
-
Options Remaining
: 2 (2018)
Contract (2018): $545,000
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (May 2015)
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (April 2017)
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (July 2017)
2017 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year
SoxProspects.com Awards
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 17-23, 2017)
2017 SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Year
2017 SoxProspects.com All-Star

 

  

 
 

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