With the Mets standing in at a dismal 5-11 on the season, it’s difficult to find any bright spots. In fact, it’s far easier to focus on all the shortcomings. For instance, Angel Pagan and David Wright aren’t hitting well, Mike Pelfrey can’t buy a win, the bullpen on the whole has been ineffective, Jason Bay and Chris Young are already on the DL, and there’s still a dark cloud hovering over the potential sale of the franchise. However, amidst the mess, the Mets still have one very pleasant surprise: Pedro Beato. Beato, a Rule 5 pick from the Baltimore Orioles, has yet to give up a single earned-run this season.
Pedro Beato was selected with the 32nd overall pick in the 2006 amateur draft by the Baltimore Orioles. From 2006 to 2009, Beato was used as a starting pitcher in 83 of his 88 appearances. It wasn’t until 2010 that the Orioles decided to permanently switch the right-hander from a starter to a reliever. The decision was successful, however.
In 2010, Beato went 4-0, with a 2.11 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 16 Saves, and 2.63 K/BB ratio in 59.6 IP. Juxtaposed to his previous, combined minor league career 4.49 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and 1.84 K/BB ratio, the Dominican-born pitcher appeared to be a natural reliever.
During Spring Training this year, it was pretty obvious why the Mets selected Beato from the Orioles. The right-handed pitcher was throwing in the low-to-mid 90’s with a good slider–but with zero experience above Double-A, management was rightfully curious to see how he’d handle major league hitting come the regular season.
So far in 2011, the 24 year-old has tossed 9 scoreless innings, surrendering just 6 hits, 1 walk, while striking out 6 batters. Considering how poorly the rest of the Mets bullpen has looked, it not only appears that Sandy Alderson made a brilliant Rule 5 pick, but that he has also found a potential future closer candidate for 2012 and beyond.