Grading the Prospect: Who Is Jeremy Beasley & Could He Make An Impact In Arizona?

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Yesterday the Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks swung a relatively minor deal:

  • Angels acquire RHP Matt Andriese
  • Diamondbacks acquire RHP Jeremy Beasley

Who is Beasley and is there any long-term upside?  Could he make an impact at some point for Arizona, maybe in 2020?  Let’s take a minute and get to know him:

Jeremy Beasley – Right-Handed Pitcher
Age – 24-years old
ETA – 2020
Grade – C-

Beasley spent the bulk of 2019 at Double-A, as well as making three starts at Triple-A, though it’s hard to call him impressive at either level:

  • Double-A (108.2 IP) – 4.06 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 8.45 K/9, 3.48 BB/9
  • Triple-A (13.2 IP) – 7.90 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, 8.56 K/9, 3.95 BB/9

He did show an ability to miss bats, with a 13.8% SwStr% overall, but both his control and groundball rate (45.8%) were lackluster.  That, along with a limited arsenal, make you think that his future lies in the bullpen.  Here’s what Baseball America said about his repertoire:

His fastball sits at 93-95 mph, and his splitter is an out-pitch he can dominate with. His fringe-average slider and below-average command have most evaluators projecting him in the bullpen, where his fastball-splitter combination projects to play up and make him a potential high-leverage option.”

A 30th round draft pick in 2017, Beasley could become a late inning weapon in short order.  While the Diamondbacks need help in the rotation, look for them to move him into the bullpen this season with the potential to arrive in the Majors by mid-year.  He won’t be a source of SV/HLD initially, but he’s at least worth having on radars.

Sources – Fangraphs, MILB.com, Baseball America

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