Jeremy Beasley is back where he he wants to be. Starting games on the mound on a regular basis. Jeremy was a starter for the Toombs County Bulldogs and Darton College prior to shifted to the bullpen in his season at Clemson in 2017. Next the 30th round draft choice of the Los Angeles started his pro career in the pen in the Arizona and the Pioneer Leagues.
Finally in 2018, in the Advanced A California League, Jeremy knows when he is pitching. At Burlington- Class A MIdwest League- Beasley was given a shot to start games and he did so in five of his six outings for the Bees. After his May 17th promotion to the Inland Empire 66ers of the Cal League, Jeremy worked out of the pen in his first three appearances and then the Angels brass let him start at Lancaster and he threw five scoreless innings allowing five hits with five strikeouts and one walk.
“I’m so happy that the Angels have given me a chance to be a starter,” Beasley said. “I’ve always loved starting and now that I’m a starter in pro ball I can develop my arsenal better and mix pitches the way I’ve always been able to do.”
On June 23, at Lancaster, he made his fourth straight start and won his second consecutive game, throwing at least five innings in each outing. Jeremy’s pitching line- five innings of work, six hits allowed, four earned runs yielded with seven strikeouts and two walks In Inland Empire’s 10-4 victory.
Beasley picked up the win- his second straight- and he is 3-1 for the 66ers with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Jeremy has struck out 36 batters and walked only 11 in 33 2/3 innings. If Beasley were eligible to be included in the California League statistics (he hasn’t pitched enough innings in the league) he would have the sixth best ERA and would be tied for the 10th best WHIP. On his team- among those pitching 30 or more innings- he has the best ERA and the third best WHIP.
Beasley’s last four starts- 2-1 with a 3.50 ERA and 21 hits allowed in 20 2/3 innings with 8 earned runs and 22 strikeouts and 8 walks.
All three of Jeremy’s victories have come against the Lancaster JetHawks- an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. He beat them in relief on May 28 throwing five innings allowing six hits and an earned run with five K’s and no walks and now he has set them down in his last two starts.
Here is one final Beasley pitching fact. In his three appearances against Lancaster he has a 2.31 ERA and has thrown 15 2/3 innings yielding 18 hits, four earned runs with 18 whiffs and five walks.
“Well with Lancaster they’re going to hit and they’re going to score, so I just have to let them beat themselves,” Beasley added. “They try to match my aggression with more aggression and I pitch to them knowing that. I did give up a few runs, but I felt like last night was a better game for me. I was stuck in a few tough spots and I showed that I could find my way through with minimal damage. Also, with Lancaster they try to work faster than I do. So, I usually have a better opportunity to get swing and misses on balls out of the zone and I take advantage of that.”
Due to the California League All-Star brek Jeremy had not pitched in eight days compared to the usual five.
Beasley stopped the JetHawks three game winning streak on a clear 91 degree day at game time in Lancaster, California (located 61 miles north of Los Angeles) with the wind blowing out to center field at a max of 22 miles per hour. Jeremy kept the ball in the park for two outs. Manuel Melendez opened the bottom of the first inning with a single on a 1-2 pitch. He was caught stealing on a fine throw by catcher Franklin Navarro- his second throw out in 18 attempts this season. A ground out to second on a 2-1 pitch made it two down and then Colton Welker took advantage of that jet stream wind belting a home run to center on a 1-2 pitch. For the fourth round pick of the Rockies it was his eighth homer of the season and the 19th of his career. Jeremy ended the first inning dominating Vince Fernandez, getting him to swing and miss at a 1-2 pitch for the third out in the 1-1 game.
Beasley roared back in the second inning sending three straight JetHawks back to their dugout with strikeouts. Wes Rogers was the first victim. He saw four pitches, fouled one off and then the DH and number five hitter looked at pitch on the outer half for strike three. Jacob Bosiokovic (Ohio State) put up a little more of a battle. He lasted five pitches- he took two that were out of the strike zone to even the count at 2-2 and then Jeremy got him to swing and miss on a splitter which was blocked by the catcher. Carlos Herrera, who has had a hit in four of his last five games, went down on three straight pitches. He took a pitch, fouled one off and then Beasley pegged the inside and lower part of the zone and Herrera did not make contact on a swinging strike three. How about three strikeouts on 12 pitches- that’s what Jeremy did. So, it was still a 1-1 game.
This wasn’t the first time Jeremy set down Lancaster on three straight K’s. In his last start against the JetHawks he struck out Fernandez, Welker and Roberto Ramos in the third inning on 11 pitches. “Both times I struck out the side against Lancaster, I noticed that I was more aggressive in the bottom of the zone,” Jeremy said. “I was working faster than they were thinking. I relied on my fastball to get ahead and my splitter and curveball mix to put them away. Like I said about Lancaster they try to match aggression with aggression so I took advantage when I could.”
Lancaster catcher Joel Diaz led off the bottom of the third inning with his fifth double of the season and the 61st of his six year professional career. A sacrifice bunt moved Diaz to third base with one down as the JetHawks were trying to break the 1-all tie. Jeremy had a nine pitch dual with Melendez and eventually walked him on a pitch which just missed the inside part of the plate around the knee.
Alan Trejo put Lancaster up 2-1 on a sacrifice fly to left field and then Beasley ended the inning with his fourth strikeout. Welker, who hit the homer, was up 2-0 in the count, until Colton fouled off a couple of pitches and Jeremy struck him out with a pitch at the lower boarder of the zone.
Beasley wasn’t the only Georgian to contribute to the 66er victory. Brandon Marsh, who played a Buford High School, hit an inside the park home run with two runners on base. Marsh is batting .219 with Inland Empire after hitting .295 with Burlington. The 66ers scored five runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-2 lead.
Fernandez, who struck out his first time up, doubled to right on a 1-0 pitch to open the bottom of the fourth. Wes Rogers hit a 1-1 pitch up the middle for a base hit and a RBI. A pass ball moved Rogers into scoring position and Bosiokovic singled to left to make it a 6-4 game. After a mound visit, Jeremy retired Carlos Herrera on one pitch on a fly ball to left. A steal and a wild pitch placed a runner at third base and then a walk made it runners on the corners. Beasley took care of this situation by getting a pop up to short and strikeout of Melendez on a 2-2 pitch on the inner half.
Jeremy ended his evening with his second scoreless frame and his second three-up, three-down. Trejo lined out to right field and Welker grounded out to third. Fernendez was the last batter and Beasley threw four pitches to him- one out of the zone and three in it and Vince swung and missed at all three strikes.
This season 43-of-his-56 full innings have been shutout frames- that’s 76.8% and for his pro career it is 78.2% (68-of-87)
With the victory Inland Empire is 1-2 as the league starts the second half of the season and Lancaster is tied for the lead in the Southern Division at 2-1.
Lancaster Bottom of the 1st
Manuel Melendez singles on a ground ball to third baseman Jordan Zimmerman.
With Alan Trejo batting, Manuel Melendez caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Franklin Navarro to second baseman Jahmai Jones.
Alan Trejo grounds out, second baseman Jahmai Jones to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Colton Welker homers (8) on a line drive to left center field.
Vince Fernandez strikes out swinging.
Lancaster Bottom of the 2nd
Wes Rogers called out on strikes.
Jacob Bosiokovic strikes out swinging, catcher Franklin Navarro to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Carlos Herrera strikes out swinging.
Lancaster Bottom of the 3rd
Joel Diaz doubles (5) on a sharp ground ball to left fielder DJ Jenkins.
Steven Linkous out on a sacrifice bunt, third baseman Jordan Zimmerman to first baseman David MacKinnon. Joel Diaz to 3rd.
Manuel Melendez walks.
Alan Trejo out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder DJ Jenkins. Joel Diaz scores.
Colton Welker strikes out swinging.
Lancaster Bottom of the 4th
Vince Fernandez doubles (14) on a line drive to right fielder Jo Adell.
Wes Rogers singles on a ground ball to center fielder Jonah Todd. Vince Fernandez scores.
With Jacob Bosiokovic batting, passed ball by Franklin Navarro, Wes Rogers to 2nd.
Jacob Bosiokovic singles on a ground ball to left fielder DJ Jenkins. Wes Rogers scores.
Carlos Herrera flies out to left fielder DJ Jenkins.
With Joel Diaz batting, Jacob Bosiokovic steals (5) 2nd base.
With Joel Diaz batting, wild pitch by Jeremy Beasley, Jacob Bosiokovic to 3rd.
Joel Diaz walks.
Steven Linkous pops out to shortstop Connor Justus.
Manuel Melendez strikes out swinging.
Lancaster Bottom of the 5th
Alan Trejo lines out to right fielder Jo Adell.
Colton Welker grounds out, third baseman Jordan Zimmerman to first baseman David MacKinnon.
Vince Fernandez strikes out swinging.