Beavan with the Seattle Mariners
|Bridgeport Bluefish – No. 36|
January 17, 1989 |
|July 3, 2011, for the Seattle Mariners|
|Earned run average||4.61|
Blake William Beavan (born January 17, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. A first-round draft pick in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers, Beavan was traded to the Seattle Mariners in 2010 in a package of prospects for Cliff Lee. In 2011, he made his MLB debut with the Mariners.
Beavan began playing baseball at the age of 5 in the Irving Boys Baseball Association.
Beavan attended Irving High School in Irving, Texas. He was voted the district's freshman of the year in 2004. In 2006, his junior season, he led Irving to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. He had the lowest earned run average (ERA), 0.36, in Class 5A. That year, he played for the United States junior national baseball team and competed in the 2006 World Junior Baseball Championship. He also won Baseball America's 2006 Youth Player of the Year award, as the United States won the silver medal.
In 2007, his senior season in high school, Beavan compiled a 9–2 win–loss record, a 0.19 ERA, and 139 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched, allowing only two earned runs in 11 starts. He threw a perfect game in March 2007. In recognition of his achievements, Beavan was named 2007 Texas high school player of the year. Beavan committed to attend Navarro College, a junior college in Corsicana, Texas, where he intended to play college baseball.
Heading into the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, Beavan was considered a top prospect, with the ability to throw his fastball at 94 miles per hour (151 km/h) consistently, and as fast as 98 miles per hour (158 km/h). The Texas Rangers selected Beavan in the first round, with the seventeenth overall selection. He was one of three high school pitchers chosen by the Rangers in the first round of the draft. Beavan signed with the Rangers, foregoing college, for a signing bonus of $1.5 million. In his first professional season, Beavan had a 10–6 record and a 2.37 ERA in 23 games started for the Clinton LumberKings of the Class-A Midwest League. By 2009, Beavan pitched for the Bakersfield Blaze of the Class-A Advanced California League. He was promoted to the Frisco RoughRiders of the Class-AA Texas League in June 2009.
In 2010, Beavan had a 10–5 record and a 2.78 ERA in 17 games started at for Frisco, where he was named the Rangers' Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May. He received a promotion to the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Class-AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL). Soon after the promotion, on July 9, 2010, Beavan was traded to the Seattle Mariners along with Justin Smoak and fellow prospects Matt Lawson and Josh Lueke for Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe. The Mariners assigned Beavan to the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx of the Class-AA Southern League.
Beavan started the 2011 season with the Tacoma Rainers of the Class-AAA PCL. He pitched to a 5–3 record and a 4.45 ERA with Tacoma. On July 2, 2011, the Mariners announced that Beavan would be making his big league debut on July 3 against the San Diego Padres. The Seattle Mariners beat the Padres 3–1 with Beavan going 7 innings and giving up 1 earned run on 3 hits.
Beavan entered the 2012 season in contention for a spot in the Mariners' starting rotation. He won a spot in the rotation for Opening Day. Beavan threw a quality start opposing Philip Humber during Humber's perfect game on April 21, 2012.
On August 2, 2014, the Mariners outrighted Beavan off of the 40-man roster.
On December 4, 2014, the Arizona Diamondbacks signed Beavan to a minor league deal. He was released on July 13th, 2015.
Beavan throws five pitches. His primary pitch is a four-seam fastball at 90–93 mph, and he has a two-seam fastball with similar velocity that is used frequently against left-handed hitters (less so against righties). His main off-speed pitch is a curveball in the mid-to-upper 70s, although he also throws a changeup to lefties and a slider to righties (each in the low 80s).
Beavan is the youngest of three children. His elder brothers are 13 and 11 years older than him. Both of his brothers played college baseball, but neither played professionally.
Beavan's wife, Allison, is a cyclist. The two rode together in an effort to help Beavan lose weight during the 2011–12 offseason.
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