Beckman got the call to pitch in Sunday's game against the Rays.
On Sunday, Kevin Correia made his first Spring Training start for the Pittsburgh Pirates, going up against the Tampa Bay Rays. Correia reached his pitch count limit with one out in the second inning, and was pulled for Ryan Beckman.
Most Pirates fans hadn't heard of Beckman prior to this outing. The 6' 4", 185 pound right hander was drafted by the Pirates in the 18th round of the 2009 draft. In 2010 he pitched in State College, with a 4.68 ERA in 42.1 innings, along with a 4.5 K/9 and a 3.4 BB/9 ratio. He can touch the low-90s with his fastball, but he mostly works in the upper-80s. He also had a very strong 2.37 ground out to fly out ratio in 2010. Shameless plug: you would have all of this information infron...
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