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 pos...
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