2011 Season in Review: Pedro Beato

The New York Mets went 77-85 in 2011. As suggested by the sub-par record, there were a fair share of ups and downs throughout the season. “2011 Season in Review,” which will be an on-going series, will analyze every single Mets player that picked up a ball or glove in 2011, for better or worse. This particular “2011 Season in Review” will take a look at reliever Pedro Beato.

Despite posting a dominant 2.11 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 2.63 K/BB in Double-A for the Baltimore Orioles, the team decided to leave Pedro Beato unprotected going into the 2011 Rule 5 Draft. Looking to add depth to their bullpen, the New York Mets took a chance on the 24 year-old righty in the hopes he’d be solid enough to legitimately keep on the roster for the entire season.

For Beato’s first 18.6 innings, the reliever was sensational. The rookie hurled a 0.00 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, and 3.66 K/BB. That’s right, zero earned-runs. But as soon as Beato let-up his first Major League run, the flood gates opened. In his next 4 innings (in May), the righty surrendered 8 hits, 3 walks, and a whopping 6 earned-runs. The month of June was only slightly more friendly, with a 6.39 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 1.40 K/BB. In fact, for the rest of the season, Beato owned a pretty abysmal 5.96 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, and 1.16 K/BB.

In total, Beato posted a 4.30 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 1.44 K/BB. On the surface, it was a pretty solid rookie campaign, but considering how poorly he pitched after his unsustainable scoreless streak, it has to raise a whole bunch of red flags. For one thing, the reliever lacked good control (3.63 BB/9) and was far from dominant in the strikeout department (5.24 K/9). In addition, his .260 BABIP suggests that the pitcher’s already mediocre 4.30 ERA might be on the rise (4.64 xFIP). And while Beato threw four promising pitches, his fastball was only worth -5.0 RAA despite throwing it 61.7% of the time.

Due to Pedro Beato’s cliff-like fade, there’s a good chance the former Rule 5 Pick will start 2012 in Triple-A. Since he spent the entire 2011 on the Mets active roster, the Mets would not be forced to return Beato to the Orioles for such a move. Considering the right-handed reliever never pitched a half or full-season in Triple-A (he logged 1.3 innings in Triple-A in 2011 for rehab purposes), the “demotion” would probably be the most logical move for his development into a fine Major League bullpen hand.

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