Originally posted on Mets Fever  |  Last updated 2/7/12

Written byTim Horodyski

Photo by Michael Baron Editors note: This is the second installment of three articles written by guest writer Tim Horodyski, the previous article was on Ruben Tejada.  If you have a moment let Tim know what you think either in the comments section or at our Twitter/Facebook accounts. 
On October 27, 1986 the New York Mets defeated the BostonRed Sox to capture their second World Series title.  On that very same night down in SantoDomingo, Dominican Republic a future major leaguer was born by the name ofPedro Beato.  So it only seems fittingthat Beato pitch for the Mets as they celebrate their 50thAnniversary.

 Beato attended XaverianHigh School in Brooklyn, New York. During his junior year he had Tommy John surgery.  After coming back from the procedure with noill effects, the Mets were interested in the right hander. This lead the Metsto draft him in the 2005 Major League draft in the 17th round. Inorder to persuade him to sign with the team the Mets invited Beato to SheaStadium to meet his idol Pedro Martinez. He resisted the temptation of being ateammate with the man he grew up idolizing, instead Beato choose to attend St.Petersburg College located in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Beato used his time at St. Petersburg Collegeto hone his delivery and to work on his pitches.  In the 2006 draft the Baltimore Oriolesselected Beato in the first round (32nd overall).  This was due to the fact that his fastballcan reach 97mph.  He can command thestrike zone, and has good downward movement on his pitches.  The Orioles had drafted a pitcher withtremendous upside.  Going into the 2007season, Beato was rated the 99th best prospect in baseball by BaseballAmerica. He participated in the 2007 All-Star Futures Game.

In 2010 the Orioles left him off of their 40 man roster thusleaving any team to draft him during the Rule 5 draft.  The Mets took full advantage of Baltimore’smistake by selecting him and making him a member of the organization.  On April 1, 2011 Beato made his major leaguedebut, pitching two scoreless innings against the Florida Marlins.  The two scoreless innings started a Metsfranchise record of 18.2 innings of scoreless baseball to start to start acareer.  Jack DiLauro did not allow an earned run for17.2 innings to open his major league career in 1969.  The good timescontinued to roll for Beato, when he earned his first major league win on April27th throwing another two scoreless innings, this time against the WashingtonNationals. The good times for Beato later ended.

On May 4th the Mets placed Beato on the 15 daydisable list due to right elbow tendinitis.  Beato would finish his first major league season with 67 innings pitched39 strikeouts and a 4.30 earn run average (E.R.A).   One thing Mets fans want to keep in mind isthat in 12 innings pitched against the Philadelphia Phillies he has a 1.50 erawith 3 strikeouts.  These are good numberconsidering the Phillies left handed heavy line up. With the recent bullpenadditions the Mets have made, Beato may be the odd man out.  With Frank Franciso being the projectedcloser, Jon Rauch the clubs projected set-up man, and Tim Byrdak being thelefty specialist.  This leaves Beatowithout a role.  Sandy Alderson the MetsGeneral Manager and Terry Collins the Mets Manager will have to decide thefuture of Pedro Beato before the season starts on April 5, 2012 when they hostthe Atlanta Braves.  Beato can be sentdown to the minor leagues for a little more seasoning, or he can stay in themajor leagues and continue to develop. He would be a great choice to give theball to in the 7th inning.

Whatever Pedro Beato’s role will be the 50thAnniversary season of the New York Mets will be fun to watch.  To learn more about Pedro Beato or the restof the Mets log on to www.mets.com or www.losmets.com.  The Mets have launched a special websitededicated to their 50th season anniversary at www.mets50.com.  You can catch Mets games on SNY TV during the2012 season.

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