Jalen Beeks Pawtucket Red Sox  |  Pitcher

     
 


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Age: 24
Born: July 10, 1993
Prairie Grove, AR
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 12th round, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
College: Arkansas
High School: Prairie Grove HS (AR)
ETA: Mid-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 in 2017 than when he signed. Comes set with his hands just below his belt and brings them back up with a high leg kick as he turns his back towards the hitter at the height of his delivery. 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: 91-93 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 to 89-91 mph range 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. Will also mix in a cutter at 87-88 mph with short, horizontal break. 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. Potential solid-average offering.

Curveball: 74-76 mph. Pitch has 1-to-7 break with depth, breaking down-and-away from left-handed hitters. At its best, the pitch is an average offering.

Slider: Was a potential average offering, but has scrapped the pitch in 2017 in favor of a cutter. 84-86 mph. Shows short, late break. Tends to be more vertical when harder and shows 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.

Summation: Profiles best in a middle 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 best suited for a relief role for the reasons stated above.

 
   
  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
   
  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: November 2020
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2017
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2017):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2017): MilB contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
Red Sox Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month (May 2015)
2017 Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year
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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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