July 10, 1993
Prairie Grove, AR
12th round, 2014
School: Prairie Grove
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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
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
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.