With the impressive performance of Pedro Beato so far this season, I am beginning to see some similarities of another young pitcher that I have grown quite fond of over the years. If you have not heard of Joakim Soria, here’s a quick synopsis.
Soria is the closer for the Kansas City Royals with 138 career saves to his name and a career ERA of 2.13. He came to the Royals through the Rule 5 draft in 2006 at the age of 22 from the San Diego Padres, previously being a starter in the Mexican League. Soria was thrown directly into the fire in Kansas as a closer where he picked up 17 Saves in the later half of the year with a 2.48 ERA. In his first full season in 2008, he converted on 13 straight save opportunities and started the year with 16 1/3 scoreless innings. He finished with an AS appearance in 2008 and 2010 (with 1.78 ERA and 43 saves.)
Here’s one of the things that really caught my eye. Soria’s scouting report.
Scouting report indicates his fastball sits in the low 90s (topping out at 95), with an above avg changeup. Breaking ball has been a problem, but apparently has been improving this winter.
[Soria has] four pitches: a fastball, slider, change-up, and a real slow curveball.”
Good command of the fastball slider and changeup
Throws in low 90s with good life.
Curveball is almost terribly unable to be located.
Alright, so fast forward to the future.
The Mets draft a rule 5 pick named Pedro Beato from the Orioles, who was ranked at 14th in their top prospects list before being taken. He has a strong pitcher’s frame at about 6’6 and 230 lbs and his fastball ranges from 90-95 MPH, sitting at around 93. In AA last year, Beato had a 2.11 ERA and a 50:19 K/BB ratio. (Hat tip to “Long Live Shea Stadium” for some of that info.)
Many years ago, when the Mets drafted him in the 17th round in 2006. The scouting report read ”Beato has a hard sinker that sits around 90 mph and touches 96. He also has a sharp 84-85 mph slider and a promising changeup.” (Baseball America) His more recent scouting reports attack his control as a starter – but as a reliever, all reports have been bright as he’s shown improved control. So fast forward a little more, and you’ll see that Pedro Beato has posted 17.0 IP without an ER, a WHIP of .070, a 10:3 K/BB and he’s looked pretty good. In fact, I’ll even go as far to say that it looks like he belongs up in the MLB.
But here’s the thing and I know you’re thinking the same thing I am. 17 MLB innings is an insanely small sample size.
But the fact that they were both Rule 5 picks and they had a similar scouting report is real enough. I
n addition, Beato broke into the MLB a little later and he doesn’t strike out as many people as Soria did. Yeah, I see it. But I’m going to try and be optimistic here and believe that Beato has a chance to be somebody special for the Mets.
It’s not often we see somebody from the Rule 5 draft turn into a success story for the Mets. If all goes well, maybe Beato will become our own Joakim Soria and become a great reliever in the future. It doesn’t hurt to hope. (Unless you’re a Mets fan…but still. Keep the faith!)