Biographical

Portrait of Blake Beavan

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 25)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
125.0 4.71 1.36 61 7 8 0 -0.6
Birth Date1-17-1989
Height6' 7"
Weight245 lbs
Age25 years, 9 months, 5 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
-0.22011
0.12012
-0.42013
-0.72014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2011 SEA 22 15 15 97.0 97.0 0.0 5 6 0 0 11 0 405 106 46 46 13 175 15 15 3 42 4.27 4.49 5.09 -1.7 -0.2
2012 SEA 23 26 26 152.3 152.3 0.0 11 11 0 0 11 2 638 168 76 75 23 283 24 24 10 67 4.43 4.80 4.96 -0.1 0.1
2013 SEA 24 12 2 39.7 10.7 29.0 0 2 0 1 1 0 174 46 27 27 8 77 8 8 1 27 6.13 5.02 5.59 -3.9 -0.4
2014 SEA 25 1 1 4.0 4.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 16 6 2 2 2 12 0 0 0 1 4.50 9.16 8.21 -0.9 -0.1
Career5444293.0264.029.01620012321233326151150465474747141374.614.795.12-6.6-0.6

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2008 CLN A 23 23 121.7 5.26 76 .246 .252 .325 .371 .263 .252 98 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2009 BAK A+ 12 12 73.3 5.32 83 .260 .259 .337 .390 .265 .297 99 3.8 0.4 3.8 0.4
2009 FRI AA 15 15 89.7 4.49 114 .260 .274 .347 .399 .253 .322 115 16.2 1.7 16.2 1.7
2010 FRI AA 17 17 110.0 3.97 107 .232 .258 .332 .385 .262 .272 95 12.0 1.2 12.0 1.2
2010 WTN AA 3 3 18.0 4.75 100 .261 .276 .348 .425 .275 .293 105 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2010 TAC AAA 7 7 40.3 4.99 88 .301 .277 .350 .433 .267 .354 89 4.5 0.4 4.5 0.4
2011 SEA MLB 15 15 97.0 5.09 73 .293 .266 .326 .422 .269 .280 90 -1.7 -0.2 -1.7 -0.2
2011 TAC AAA 16 16 93.0 4.26 117 .276 .291 .364 .465 .272 .341 97 21.7 2.1 21.7 2.1
2012 SEA MLB 26 26 152.3 4.96 80 .287 .259 .322 .419 .265 .280 93 -0.7 -0.1 -0.1 0.1
2012 TAC AAA 6 6 38.0 4.55 95 .258 .284 .350 .448 .273 .277 88 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2013 SEA MLB 12 2 39.7 5.59 60 .301 .250 .313 .405 .264 .292 93 -3.9 -0.4 -3.9 -0.4
2013 TAC AAA 16 16 94.0 5.79 75 .296 .277 .339 .424 .267 .327 97 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2014 SEA MLB 1 1 4.0 8.21 6 .380 .262 .324 .394 .263 .308 102 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2014 HDS A+ 1 0 2.0 12.57 -92 .478 .276 .328 .438 .276 .286 82 -1.4 -0.1 -1.4 -0.1
2014 TAC AAA 19 2 39.0 5.37 77 .279 .277 .344 .468 .274 .272 86 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2008 CLN A 10 6 0 23 23 121.7 105 20 73 12 49% .252 7.8 1.5 0.9 5.4 1.03 2.37 -1.3 -0.1
2009 BAK A+ 5 4 0 12 12 73.3 75 16 51 6 54% .297 9.2 2.0 0.7 6.3 1.24 4.30 3.8 0.4
2009 FRI AA 4 4 0 15 15 89.7 113 13 34 4 46% .322 11.3 1.3 0.4 3.4 1.40 4.01 16.2 1.7
2010 TAC AAA 2 2 0 7 7 40.3 56 8 22 6 37% .354 12.5 1.8 1.3 4.9 1.59 6.48 4.5 0.4
2010 WTN AA 2 1 0 3 3 18.0 18 1 11 1 39% .293 9.0 0.5 0.5 5.5 1.06 5.00 1.3 0.1
2010 FRI AA 10 5 0 17 17 110.0 100 12 68 6 50% .272 8.2 1.0 0.5 5.6 1.02 2.78 12.0 1.2
2011 SEA MLB 5 6 0 15 15 97.0 106 15 42 13 39% .280 9.8 1.4 1.2 3.9 1.25 4.27 -1.7 -0.2
2011 TAC AAA 5 3 0 16 16 93.0 118 20 64 10 41% .341 11.4 1.9 1.0 6.2 1.48 4.45 21.7 2.1
2012 SEA MLB 11 11 0 26 26 152.3 168 24 67 23 39% .280 9.9 1.4 1.4 4.0 1.26 4.43 -0.1 0.1
2012 TAC AAA 4 0 0 6 6 38.0 39 9 15 3 42% .277 9.2 2.1 0.7 3.6 1.26 2.61 2.8 0.3
2013 TAC AAA 6 6 0 16 16 94.0 120 23 47 15 45% .327 11.5 2.2 1.4 4.5 1.52 5.55 -0.3 -0.0
2013 SEA MLB 0 2 0 12 2 39.7 46 8 27 8 40% .292 10.4 1.8 1.8 6.1 1.36 6.13 -3.9 -0.4
2014 HDS A+ 0 0 0 1 0 2.0 3 1 0 1 25% .286 13.5 4.5 4.5 0.0 2.00 9.00 -1.4 -0.1
2014 TAC AAA 4 1 0 19 2 39.0 38 14 31 7 31% .272 8.8 3.2 1.6 7.2 1.33 3.69 0.2 0.0
2014 SEA MLB 0 1 0 1 1 4.0 6 0 1 2 33% .308 13.5 0.0 4.5 2.2 1.50 4.50 -0.9 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2011 1469 0.5487 0.4881 0.8757 0.6613 0.2760 0.9099 0.7760 0.1229
2012 2296 0.5658 0.4889 0.8699 0.6428 0.2879 0.9054 0.7666 0.1283
2013 647 0.5626 0.5046 0.8282 0.6538 0.3110 0.8697 0.7159 0.1718
2014 63 0.5079 0.3968 0.8400 0.6563 0.1290 0.9524 0.2500 0.1600
Career44750.55890.48960.86540.65070.28510.90240.75510.1333

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-04-16 2014-07-25 60-DL 100 89 Right Forearm Tightness - -
2012-05-08 2012-05-15 DTD 7 6 Right Elbow Contusion HBP - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 SEA $
2014 SEA $518,700
2013 SEA $506,700
2012 SEA $486,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$993,200
2011Current$518,700
4 yrPvs + Cur$1,511,900
4 yrTotal$1,511,900

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 139 dHendricks Sports1 year/$0.5187M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5187M (2014). Re-signed by Seattle 2/25/14. Sent outright to Triple-A by Seattle 8/2/14.
  • 1 year/$0.5067M (2013). Re-signed by Seattle 3/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4865M (2012). Re-signed by Seattle 2/27/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Seattle 7/3/11.
  • Acquired by Seattle in trade with Texas 7/9/10 (Cliff Lee deal).
  • Drafted by Texas 2007 (1-17) (Irving HS, Texas). Signed 8/15/07, $1.4975M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 4.4 3.6 0 28 10 90.8 90 15 45 10 .265 1.15 3.61 3.93 7.7 0.8
80o 4.3 3.8 0 28 10 85.8 89 15 42 10 .275 1.21 3.93 4.27 4.6 0.5
70o 4.2 3.9 0 28 10 82.2 89 15 41 10 .283 1.26 4.16 4.52 2.3 0.2
60o 4.1 4 0 28 10 79.2 88 14 39 10 .289 1.30 4.36 4.74 0.4 0.0
50o 4.1 4.1 0 28 10 76.4 88 14 38 10 .295 1.33 4.55 4.94 -1.4 -0.1
40o 4 4.2 0 28 10 73.7 87 14 36 10 .301 1.37 4.74 5.15 -3.2 -0.3
30o 3.9 4.3 0 28 10 70.8 86 14 35 10 .307 1.42 4.94 5.37 -5.0 -0.5
20o 3.8 4.4 0 28 10 67.4 85 14 33 10 .314 1.47 5.18 5.64 -7.2 -0.7
10o 3.6 4.6 0 28 10 62.9 83 14 31 9 .324 1.54 5.52 6.01 -10.1 -1.0
Weighted Mean4.14.10281076.287143810.2941.334.534.93-1.3-0.1

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
22% 47% 17% 30% 83%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201526860691414215022861843.2851.213.904.239.51.45.41.11.1
201627860711514515317871843.2851.183.694.019.51.15.41.11.5
201728750601212212714731443.2861.153.533.849.31.05.41.01.5
201829750601212312814741543.2861.163.653.969.41.05.41.11.3
201930540449909912531143.2961.234.034.389.91.25.31.10.5
202031530418848811491143.2821.183.714.039.51.25.31.20.8
2021324303787781945943.2871.173.694.029.51.15.31.10.8
2022334303577176842943.2881.183.724.059.61.05.31.10.7
2023344303376772839843.2891.193.774.099.61.15.21.10.6

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
6.77.612.584.21.539

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 84 Edgar Gonzalez 2008 6.38
2 84 Ryan Feierabend 2011 0.00 DNP
3 83 Elizardo Ramirez 2008 30.38
4 83 David Huff 2010 6.89
5 83 Luke French 2011 0.00 DNP
6 82 Junichi Tazawa 2011 6.00
7 81 Scott Baker 2007 4.39
8 81 Vance Worley 2013 7.95
9 81 Trevor Bell 2012 0.00 DNP
10 81 Sean O'Sullivan 2013 4.32
11 81 Greg Reynolds 2011 6.19
12 80 Jason Vargas 2008 0.00 DNP
13 80 Jeanmar Gomez 2013 3.90
14 80 Anthony Swarzak 2011 4.68
15 79 Matt Harrison 2011 3.83
16 79 Justin Germano 2008 6.39
17 79 Zach Stewart 2012 10.09
18 79 Hayden Penn 2010 30.86
19 79 Tommy Hunter 2012 5.66
20 79 Yorman Bazardo 2010 0.00 DNP
21 79 Shairon Martis 2012 0.00 DNP
22 78 Ryan Webb 2011 3.55
23 78 Gavin Floyd 2008 4.67
24 78 Carlos Carrasco 2012 0.00 DNP
25 78 Garrett Olson 2009 5.94
26 78 Chad Jenkins 2013 3.51
27 78 Brooks Raley 2013 5.79
28 78 Luke Hochevar 2009 6.86
29 78 Zach McAllister 2013 4.35
30 78 Jo-Jo Reyes 2010 24.30
31 77 Collin Balester 2011 5.55
32 77 Jimmy Gobble 2007 3.86
33 77 Jeff Samardzija 2010 10.24
34 77 Chris Tillman 2013 3.79
35 77 Elih Villanueva 2012 0.00 DNP
36 77 Tim Stauffer 2007 21.13
37 77 Billy Buckner 2009 6.52
38 77 James Simmons 2012 0.00 DNP
39 77 Anthony Bass 2013 5.57
40 76 Zach Duke 2008 5.35
41 76 Taylor Buchholz 2007 4.52
42 76 Shaeffer Hall 2013 0.00 DNP
43 76 Sean West 2011 0.00 DNP
44 76 Rudy Owens 2013 0.00 DNP
45 76 Ricky Romero 2010 4.20
46 76 Barry Enright 2011 7.41
47 76 Hector Noesi 2012 5.99
48 76 Clayton Mortensen 2010 6.00
49 76 Ricky Nolasco 2008 3.73
50 76 Casey Coleman 2013 0.00 DNP
51 76 Hung-Wen Chen 2011 0.00 DNP
52 75 Jason Hammel 2008 5.17
53 75 Jorge Reyes 2013 0.00 DNP
54 75 Pedro Villarreal 2013 12.71
55 75 Troy Patton 2011 3.00
56 75 Ross Ohlendorf 2008 6.89
57 75 Matt Chico 2008 6.38
58 75 Wade LeBlanc 2010 4.25
59 75 Chaz Roe 2012 0.00 DNP
60 75 Lance Broadway 2009 5.87
61 75 Polin Trinidad 2010 0.00 DNP
62 75 Jay Jackson 2013 0.00 DNP
63 75 Christian Friedrich 2013 0.00 DNP
64 75 Cesar Ramos 2009 3.07
65 75 John Ely 2011 4.26
66 75 Kyle Gibson 2013 6.71
67 75 Chris Volstad 2012 6.55
68 75 Jordan Zimmermann 2011 3.46
69 75 Michael Bowden 2012 2.95
70 74 Mark Cohoon 2013 0.00 DNP
71 74 Jason Windsor 2008 0.00 DNP
72 74 Juan Nicasio 2012 5.74
73 74 Brett Cecil 2012 5.87
74 74 Andrew Carraway 2012 0.00 DNP
75 74 Felix Doubront 2013 4.60
76 74 Chris Seddon 2009 0.00 DNP
77 74 Omar Poveda 2013 0.00 DNP
78 74 Matt Packer 2013 0.00 DNP
79 74 Kevin Slowey 2009 4.96
80 74 Michael Cisco 2012 0.00 DNP
81 74 Doug Fister 2009 4.28
82 74 Daniel Barone 2008 0.00 DNP
83 74 Ian Snell 2007 4.07
84 74 Nick Green 2010 0.00 DNP
85 74 Daryl Thompson 2011 15.00
86 74 Kyle Drabek 2013 7.71
87 74 Tommy Milone 2012 4.26
88 74 Andy Sonnanstine 2008 4.89
89 74 Bobby Parnell 2010 3.34
90 74 Steve Garrison 2012 0.00 DNP
91 74 Nick Additon 2013 0.00 DNP
92 74 Micah Owings 2008 6.28
93 74 Blake Hawksworth 2008 0.00 DNP
94 73 Esmil Rogers 2011 7.08
95 73 Ryan Edell 2009 0.00 DNP
96 73 Jon Niese 2012 3.64
97 73 Adam Wilk 2013 0.00 DNP
98 73 Jeff Karstens 2008 5.61
99 73 J.P. Howell 2008 2.92
100 73 Aaron Crow 2012 3.76

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .301 .345 .511 .325
11 vs R (Multi) .261 .286 .435 .264
18 Split (Multi) .040 .059 .076 .061
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .284 .368 .507 .351
31 vs R (2013) .284 .278 .453 .275
38 Split (2013) -.001 .090 .055 .076
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 As Beavan is learning, it’s hard to keep both SO9 and ERA below 4.00—only six pitchers have done it in the past 15 years. It requires a good defense, a forgiving home ballpark, sterling walk rates—check, check, check—and the ability to keep balls in the yard. There’s the rub for Beavan, who is in the 8th percentile for inducing groundballs. Beavan works up in the zone, where the strikeout pitchers live, but doesn’t have the heat to get whiffs or the movement to break bats. He abandoned the not-good changeup he had been throwing, which limits optimism that he might solve left-handed batters, who hit like Jay Bruce against him last year.
2012 The Rangers drafted a high school pitcher with a 98 mph fastball and two strikeouts per inning, and ended up with a low-upside strike thrower edging his way through the system with a high-80s fastball. But the Mariners traded for a control pitcher who would trust his defense and eat innings in a spacious ballpark, and got it. Happiness is all about expectations. Beavan's 11 percent swinging-strike percentage is a negative indicator, but not a death sentence; it was the same as those of Mark Buehrle, Brett Anderson, Jason Marquis, Doug Fister, and Jake Westbrook, all of whom have had some measure of success. Those guys may be the 11-percenter exceptions, not the rule, but Beavan is only 22 and precociously in control of his pitches. League average is closer than you'd think.
2011 After experiencing unprecedented success deep in the heart of Texas, the second-best pitcher in the Cliff Lee trade struggled with his new organization. Beavan’s story serves as a cautionary tale about the perils of mechanical tinkering; the big righty lost his mid-90s heat after the Rangers altered his messy delivery to ward off injury, but he preserved his prospect status by reinventing himself as a combination control artist and ground-ball machine. Beavan tops out in the low 90s and lacks a reliable strikeout pitch, which makes him dependent on his defense and leaves him vulnerable to BABIP spikes like the one that sabotaged him in Tacoma. He’ll never be of much use to a fantasy team, but continued improvement in his changeup could make him a capable back-of-the-rotation starter, and his massive frame portends plenty of innings eaten in the future.
2010 Beaven was a monster when the Rangers drafted him in the first round of the 2007 draft: a 6-foot-7 Texan with a 95 mph fastball and a mean streak to go with it, the only concern for his future was an ultra-violent delivery. The Rangers worked hard to clean up his mechanics, but after their tinkering his velocity never returned. Now he's an anomaly as a big strike-throwing righty who reliably pumps gas at 88-91 mph, doesn't walk anybody, and has a pretty good changeup. His ceiling is still one of a big leaguer, but now it's more of a back-end rotation type rather than any kind of star.
2009 A first-round pick in '07, Blake Beavan doesn't throw as hard as he did in high school, but his immaculate control and heavy sink still allowed him to put up some impressive numbers.
2008 The Rangers' first-round pick last June, Beavan is a local product who played high school baseball just 15 minutes from Arlington. He's a tall right-hander who absolutely pounds the strike zone with a low- to mid-90s fastball; in his senior year, he recorded 124 strikeouts in 66 innings with just four walks. The downside is a violent delivery and a low arm angle that hampers his secondary stuff. Some see starter, some see closer.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)What's the best baseball prank you've seen or heard about?
(Rob from Brighton, MA)
I'll tell you the story, but don't repeat it. When Blake Beavan was coming up in the Rangers minor league system, he had to deal with the reality that the mid-90s gas he had in high school wasn't a part of his professional repertoire. He obviously wanted it to re-merge, but he became a better pitcher for it and now he's a major league arm.

This is a secondhand story, but it comes from a vey reliable source and I've confirmed it with other eye witnesses to the event. One night, former number one pick Kasey Kiker was charting Beavan's start, and he kept a second chart in order to pull off this prank. He filled the extra chart with fastballs in the mid-90s, and when Beavan showed up after the start to see how he threw, Kiker informed him that he was dealing with the fastball, working it back into his high school mid-90s level. Beavan, always the cocky pitcher, had a bounce in his step with the affirmation that his once dead velo had risen from the grave, just as he had predicted.

Beavan is feeling good, and goes to take a shower. When he returns, Kiker puts the real chart on his locker and makes a point to tell him that the chart he originally showed him was bogus and that he was still the same 90-91 pitcher he had been as a pro. Beavan's mood was crushed. Kiker was rolling. Cruel joke. Its one of my favorite Kiker stories, and I have a ton of them, What a character. (Jason Parks)
2011-06-03 16:00:00 (link to chat)You have mentioned Trevor Story, who is following Blake Beavan as a potential first round pick from my old high school. Is there any chance Texas would spring for the local boy again after trading the first one? And, would he remain at shortstop or project to a different position? (for any team, not just Texas)
(jhardman from Irving High School Class of 1980)
He looks like he could stay at short, but I don't think he's in the Rangers mix at 33. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-05-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do you see Blake Beavan doing down the road? He's definitely getting more Ks and the command is as sterling as ever. He also appears to keep the ball down.
(Conjunction from Dallas)
I'm coming around on him. He's a weird one to deal with because he's just not what we thought he would be. That said, he's a very efficient pitcher built for innings, and while he's probably not a star, he's the kind of guy who is going to give you 200+ solid innings a year and that's incredibly valuable. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, why has your opinion on Blake Beavan been so affected by the scouting reports on his velocity? His numbers at Low-A Clinton were still very solid considering he was a first-year player in full-season ball, and it's not that uncommon to see a young pitcher lose velocity in his first full season.
(Joey Matschulat from Tyler, TX)
It's not uncommon to see that, but it is uncommon to see that big a velocity drop. Yes his numbers are solid, but when you look at the numbers that are really important at the low levels, 73 Ks in 121.2 innings is a cause for concern. (Kevin Goldstein)


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Blake Beavan has thrown 5,107 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (90mph), Slider (80mph) and Fourseam Fastball (90mph), also mixing in a Change (84mph) and Cutter (86mph). He also rarely throws a Curve (73mph).