Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 11/20/14
CHAD BECK RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: January 17, 1985 Height: 6’4″ Weight: 255 Bats: Right Throws: Right Drafted: 14th round, 417th overall, 2006 (Diamondbacks) How Acquired: Waiver Claim (from Blue Jays) College: University of Louisiana (Lafayette) Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES The Pirates claimed Beck off waivers from Toronto.  He’s made his way slowly through the minors.  He’s generally been a swing man, until he served as a closer in 2012.  That’s usually an indication that a team regards a pitcher as a marginal prospect at best.  Beck throws hard, around 93-94, with a slider and a splitter or cutter.  He’s had unimpressive to poor K rates throughout most of his career.  He’s mostly been a flyball pitcher. 2006 A-:  1-5-0, 6.25 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 40.1 IP, 4.0 BB/9, 10.0 K/9 Beck struggled in his debut in short-season ball. 2007 A:  1-2-1, 4.33 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 52.0 IP, 3.5 BB/9, 8.3 K/9 The Diamondbacks moved Beck to the bullpen in low A and he improved across the board, although he didn’t have a strong season. 2008 A:  2-0-0, 2.04 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 17.2 IP, 1.5 BB/9, 9.7 K/9 A+:  6-5-1, 3.98 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 95.0 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 8.4 K/9  After pitching briefly in relief in low A, Beck moved up to the California League and started 15 of his 25 appearances.  He pitched well, especially considering the high-offense environment in that league.  His peripheral numbers were much better than his ERA.  Arizona traded him to Toronto after the season. 2009 A:  6-8-0, 5.94 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 110.2 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 6.9 K/9 A+:  0-0-0, 4.35 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 10.1 IP, 5.2 BB/9, 12.2 K/9 For some reason, the Jays sent Beck back to low A for most of the season and he struggled there for 20 starts.  His control was good but his K rate dropped and opponents hit .292 against him. 2010 A+:  3-6-0, 3.72 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 101.2 IP, 2.7 BB/9, 7.0 K/9 Beck spent the season in high A, making 11 starts and otherwise pitching in relief.  He pitched much better, although his K rate was just OK. 2011 A+:  0-0-0, 1.69 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 5.1 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 11.8 K/9 AA:  7-4-0, 3.69 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 95.0 IP, 2.7 BB/9, 6.6 K/9 AAA:  2-4-0, 6.70 ERA, 2.09 WHIP, 41.2 IP, 5.6 BB/9, 5.0 K/9 MLB: 0-0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.43 WHIP, 2.1 IP, 0.0 BB/9, 11.6 K/9 Beck made his way through four levels, although he spent the bulk of the season in AA, making 14 starts out of 22 games.  He was effective there but had a low K rate.  He started eight games in AAA and struggled, giving up a .332 opponents’ average and walking more than he struck out.  Toronto brought him up in mid-September and he made three brief appearances. 2012 AAA:  2-0-18, 1.31 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 48.0 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 4.5 K/9 MLB:  0-0-0, 6.32 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 15.2 IP, 2.9 BB/9, 5.2 K/9 Beck spent most of the season as a closer in AAA.  He also got brief callups in June and July, as well as a September callup.  He was very effective in AAA, but had an extremely low K rate.  He got hit hard in the majors. This isn’t an easy acquisition to understand.  The Pirates already have several pitchers who are very similar to Beck, most notably Mike Colla and Brandon Cumpton.  There’s nothing in Beck’s background to indicate that he’s more than AAA depth, which means he shouldn’t be on their 40-man roster.  It’s quite possible he won’t be for long, which is what happened to Jeremy Hefner a year ago. STATS Baseball Reference–Majors Baseball Reference–Minors Fangraphs MLB.com MiLB.com CONTRACT INFORMATION 2012: Major league minimum PLAYER INFORMATION Signing Bonus: N/A MiLB Debut: 2006 MLB Debut: 9/13/2011 MiLB FA Eligible: N/A MLB FA Eligible: 2018 Rule 5 Eligible: N/A Added to 40-Man: 9/6/11 Options Remaining: 2 (USED:  2012) MLB Service Time: 0.022 TRANSACTIONS June 7, 2004: Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 43rd round, 1285th overall pick. June 6, 2006: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 14th round, 417th overall pick; signed on June 14. August 31, 2008: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Toronto Blue Jays for David Eckstein. September 6, 2011: Contract purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays. October 22, 2012: Designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays. October 25, 2012: Claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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