Beckman pitched 1.2 innings in today's Spring Training game.
During today's Pirates spring opener versus the Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Kevin Correia wasn't able to complete his schedule two innings due to reaching his pitch count. Prior to the game, Joe Beimel, who was scheduled to make his spring debut, felt some soreness in his left elbow so he was scratched and he is currently listed as day-to-day.
Those two incidents led to Ryan Beckman coming out of the bullpen in the second inning to not only finish the inning, but to come back out to pitch the 3rd inning. In doing so he impressed the Pirates and the sold out crowd by retiring all five batters he faced in his first ever major league spring training game. I had a chance to talk to the 21 year old 2009 18th round draft pick following the outing, to see how he handled the game and how his off-season went leading up to what should be his first season in full season ball.
John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.