Since joining the Mobile BayBears of the Double A Southern League last July Jeremy Beasley had never pitched against the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox affiliate). For two days his 11th start of the season was on hold due to rain and a soaked Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile. However, the sun finally came out on Sunday and Jeremy pitched the first seven inning game of a doubleheader. He threw 6 1/3 innings allowing 11 hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts and one walk to help lead the BayBears to a 10-2 win.
Jeremy is 3-3 with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.44 whip. In 54 innings he has allowed 54 hits while striking out 51 batters and walking 24.
Going back to May 20 and a start at Pensacola, Jeremy had not allowed an earned run in his prior 15 2/3 innings. That included two six inning outings at Jacksonville and Chattanooga. Beasley extended that string to 19 1/3 innings before finally yielding a RBI single with two-down in the fourth inning to Trey Michalczewski.
Beasley threw 86 pitches of which 61 were strikes. He induced nine ground ball outs and just two outs in the air. Mobile turned two double plays and on a fielder’s choice threw a runner out at home plate.
With his five shutout frames against Birmingham, this season 38-of-his-48 (79.2 %) complete innings have been shutout innings. For his career 144 of Jeremy’s 183 complete innings have been shutout innings for a percentage of 78.7%.
Beasley opened the game facing the White Sox’s top minor league prospect and the number seventeen prospect in professional baseball. Luis Roberts, from Havana Cuba, signed with Chicago for $26 million in 2017. This season in the Advanced A Carolina League and Southern League the right-handed hitter is batting 368 with 11 home runs, but Jeremy struck him out swinging on a 1-2 pitch. Roberts went 0-for-4 against Beasley. He also flied out to center, grounded out to third base and stuck out swinging for a second time for Jeremy’s final out in the seventh inning.
The number two hitter in the lineup is Nick Madrigal. He played at Oregon State on the 2018 national championship team and was the Pac-12 Player of the Year as a sophomore. In 2018 he was selected fourth overall and signed for over $6 million.
After hitting .272 in the Carolina League, Madrigal was promoted to Birmingham and he is off to a 6-for-8 start including a 3-for-4 game against Beasley with a RBI. He singled in the first inning on a 1-2 pitch, grounded out to Jeremy on 0-2 pitch, singled on a 1-2 pitch and in the seventh inning doubled in a run which ended Beasley’s day.
After Madrigal’s first inning hit Jeremy induced two grounders- one to second base and one in front of the mound which he handled.
The Barons opened the second inning with back-to-back singles which put runners on first and third inning. However, those grounders helped Jeremy get out of the inning without allowing a run. Mobile first baseman Jhoan Urena handled a bouncing ball and threw to home plate where Southen League All-Star catcher Jack Kruger applied the tag for the first out and a 6-4-3 double play ended the inning.
Jeremy retired Birmingham three-up, three-down in the third inning on two grounders and a fly ball.
Luis Gonzalez started the fourth inning with a single and he was eliminated on a fine 3-6-3 double play. Three more singles followed as the Barons scored their first run and then Jeremy needed only three pitches to strikeout Nate Nolan swinging.
Beasley faced four batters in the fifth and five in the sixth and the results were a strikeout swinging, a ground out to third base, a single and a pop up to second base in the fifth. In the sixth- a fly ball to shallow left, a walk on a 3-1 pitch, a single to shallow left, a pop up to short and a swinging strikeout on a 0-2 pitch.
Now it was time for the seventh and final inning. Beasley has not pitched seven this season, but he did last year. A single and a strikeout swinging on a 2-2 pitch was followed by a RBI double and then the BayBears decided to go to the bullpen.