All-’Riders Team: Starting Pitcher #3
2012 marks the RoughRiders’ 10th season as a franchise, all as the Rangers’ Double-A affiliate. Since 2003, there have been hundreds of talented players come through Dr Pepper Ballpark, but some have stood out more than others. With the help of Michael Damman, the RoughRiders’ Director of Statistical Research, we’ve come up with the All-’Riders Team: the best player at each position in franchise history. Today we continue with the RoughRiders all-time best starting pitcher #3.
Taken by the Texas Rangers with the 17th overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Irving High School, Blake Beavan made his full season debut in 2008 with the Clinton Lumberkings in low-A. Beavan went 10-6 with a 2.37 ERA in 23 starts and walked just 20 batters in 121.2 innings to earn a promotion to high-A Bakersfield in 2009.
After going 5-4 with a 4.30 ERA in 12 starts in the hitter friendly California League, Beavan was promoted to Frisco in mid-June. After a rocky start, Beavan finished strong in Frisco with a 3-2 record and a 2.78 ERA over his last nine starts. The right hander started 2010 very strong by going 10-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 17 starts for the RoughRiders en route to being named a Texas League All-Star both at the midway point and a postseason All-Star, as well as earning the Texas League Pitcher of the Year award. He was traded by the Rangers, however, on July 9 to the Seattle Mariners along with Justin Smoak, Matt Lawson, and Josh Lueke for Cliff Lee, Mark Lowe, and cash.
Beavan spent three starts with Double-A West Tennessee before being promoted to Triple-A Tacoma where he went 2-2 with a 6.47 ERA over seven starts. He began the 2011 season with Tacoma and went 5-3 with a 4.45 ERA over 16 starts. On July 3 of that season, he made his Major League debut against the San Diego Padres. In seven innings, Blake gave up just three hits, an earned run, and struck out four batters. In 15 total starts for the Mariners, the six foot seven pitcher went 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA and posted a 1.25 WHIP. In 22 starts this season for the Mariners, he has gone 9-9 with a 5.01 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. Of the pitchers with at least 200 innings pitched since 2011, no pitcher has a lower walk rate than Blake Beavan’s 1.37 walks per nine innings.
Next Up: Starting Pitcher #4