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Pedro Beato: Non-Starter

Posted By Howard Megdal On August 17, 2011 @ 9:48 am In Today's Mets headlines | Comments Disabled

Terry Collins generated some discussion in recent days by mentioning that he’d like to see Pedro Beato work this winter as a starter. Ron Darling, on last night’s broadcast, even speculated as to how he’d make Beato into a starter.

Here’s how I think it would work:

Step 1: Hope Beato becomes a different, better pitcher

Step 2: ?????

Step 3: PROFIT

The problem is, there’s exactly zero reason to think Beato could succeed as a starter. He didn’t excel at it in the minor leagues. His strikeout rate is 5.4 per nine in the major leagues as a reliever- and it is typical for that rate to drop as a starter.

That’s too low, even if he were a precision pitcher, and he isn’t. His walk rate is 3.7 per nine as a reliever, and it is typical for that rate to rise as a starter.

So, let’s review. He failed in the role as a minor leaguer. His command and dominance are already substandard as a reliever. Why exactly is he starter material?

As far as I can tell, it is because he looks like a starter. He’s big, strong, and throws hard.

Look, my sixteen-month-old daughter is tiny, likes horses, and would look ADORABLE on one. But if I tried to make her a competitive jockey, tears and losing would surely follow. And they’d probably lock me up for negligence.

The same should happen to anyone who tries to make Pedro Beato a starter. Let him keep working on relieving, in New York or Triple-A next year. A little improvement in the walk and strikeout rates, and he can be a serviceable bullpen arm.

But he’s no starter. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go tell my daughter why she won’t be competing in the Preakness.

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