Beckman has thrown 11.1 straight scoreless innings.
Very early in spring training the Pirates surprised a few of us by going to the bullpen and calling on Ryan Beckman in the 2nd inning of their second spring training game. After all, he had only pitched in State College the previous year and at age 21, that isn't the type of pitcher you usually see getting a look in major league camp at that point. He impressed us by retiring all five batters he faced in front of a sold out crowd. Not bad for an 18th round pick with just 81 innings of short season ball to his credit.
That wouldn't be the end of him making quite an impression this season, by far. Last year he posted a 4.68 ERA in 21 relief appearances with a very low K rate while with State College. After being drafted in 2009 he posted a 5.49 ERA in the GCL with just 19 stikeouts in 39.1 innings so you can forgive us for not expecting him to be promoted after just 4 games with West Virginia despite pitching 6 scoreless innings.
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.