Beasley ends his amazing second pro season with three more dominant shutout innings

From the start, on April 11th in Burlington Idaho, to the end, on September 2nd in Mobile, Alabama, Jeremy Beasley was the minor league model of consistency on the mound. Only three times, in 25 games (18 starts and seven relief appearances) did he give up as many as four earned runs and each was in a five-inning start. Only twice did he yield three. In the other 20 outings he allowed two or less. He gave up two earned runs five times, one run five times and a “Big Zero” in the other 10 appearances including his last two to wrap up the 2018 season.

Jeremy pitched his final game in the second game of the Mobile BayBears’ home doubleheader loss to the Montgomery Biscuits. He was not involved in the loss because he came out of the bullpen in the fifth inning of a seven-frame game and Mobile was already down by the final score, 4-0. Jeremy allowed only two base runners in three innings on a single and a walk and each time that runner was eliminated when the next batter grounded in to a double play.

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Beasley’s three final scoreless innings means that 81-of-his-106 full innings were shutout frames- that’s 76.4% and for his pro career it is 77.4% (106-of-137).

Jeremy joined the Double A Baybears of the Southern League on July 9 and he pitched five scoreless innings allowing three hits with a career-high nine strikeouts. He wrapped up the season throwing six consecutive scoreless innings yielding two hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Jeremy went 3-3 for Mobile with a 2.44 ERA in 44 1/3 innings. Had he thrown enough Southern League innings to qualify for the league leaders he would have tied Biloxi’s Zack Brown for low ERA and his 1.04 WHIP would have tied Brown for second in the circuit behind Taylor Widener, who had a 1.03 for Jacksonville. All three of those pitchers are about the same age (Beasley is 22) and played college ball. Jeremy in the ACC at Clemson and Brown and Widener in the SEC at Kentucky and South Carolina respectively.

Opposing batters hit .206 this against Beasley and he struck out 37 of them and walked 14. He was particularly rough on right-handers who managed to hit only .189 and they struck out 22 times. Lefties fared slightly better against the righty, batting .233 with 15 K’s. In his final five games teams hit .130 against him in four outings in August and .125 in his one appearance in September.

Jeremy was really tough on the opposition with two outs, Southern League batters hit only .170 and with runners in scoring position the number was an amazing .154.

For the entire summer, in three different leagues, Jeremy had a 2.66 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He pitched 111.2 innings and struck out 104 batters and walked 32. He winds up 6-7 with one save and teams batted .236 against him. “I can describe this season as kind of just of the beginning of my main goal,” Beasley said. “I proved that I deserved to be where I was and I did the best I could to do that. I took the same approach every game and put all of my effort in everything I was involved in throughout the season.

Jeremy was a 30th round draft choice of the Los Angeles Angels, but he has never pitched liked one. He even outdueled Kyle Wright (Braves organization) the fifth overall pick in 2017. Jeremy, in Wright’s ballpark in Mississippi, allowed only one hit in seven innings. He lost a no-hitter on a two-out bunt in the sixth inning as the BayBears broke a franchise record 12-game losing streak with a 1-0 win. “I believe this season put me on the map with the Angels. I’m not sure what they think, that’s their business, but I know that I’m giving the Angels all of me and it’s definitely being noticed by someone.”

That game in Mississippi was played in an hour and 54 minutes and was the quickest game in Mississippi Brave history. The first seven innings were played in an hour and 21 minutes because Beasley has to be one if not the quickest workers in not only minor league ball, but perhaps professional ball in North America. When he gets the ball from the catcher, he gets the sign and as soon as the batter is ready here comes the pitch. “It’s crazy the fielders actually do walk up to me and thank me for having good tempo and rarely walking guys. It makes their jobs easier and it’s a great feeling knowing the guys behind you are ready to play for you and are excited for you to be pitching.”

Jeremy Beasley gets a glove on this batted ball which turned in to a groundout

Jeremy needed only 37 pitches of which 23 were strikes to pitch his three innings at Hank Aaron Stadium. In a top of the fifth inning which lasted only three minutes and 18 seconds, Nick Solak singled up the middle on a 3-2 pitch. Three pitches later Solak and Brett Sullivan were both out on a 4-6-3 double play ball on a 1-1 pitch. Nathan Lukes ended the inning with a ground out to short.

Two ground outs to second baseman Jahmai Jones and a fly ball to center fielder Brandon Sandoval retired the Biscuits on 14 pitches in the sixth and that frame was played out in 4 minutes and twenty-five seconds.

Jeremy Beasley’s final pitch of 2018 induced a harmless fly ball

Beasley’s final inning of the season lasted 4:49 and started with a walk on a 3-2 pitch which Beasley thought was definitely in zone. Once again Jeremy muted Montgomery’s chance to score with a double play ball on a 1-2 pitch. Beasley was a participant in this 3-6-1 DP as he covered first and took the throw from shortstop Conner Justice. Lucius Fox was the final batter Jeremy faced and on his final pitch of the season, Fox flied out to center on a 1-1 pitch.

Jeremy made seven starts and three relief appearances for the BayBears. He came out of the pen in his final three appearances allowing one earned run on three hits in nine innings. That’s a 1.00 ERA. As a starter his ERA was 2.80. “They moved me to the bullpen to limit my innings at the end of the year,” said Beasley, who pitched his most innings in a season in his career. “They told me that since I did not throw a lot of innings the year before, that they didn’t want to risk me being hurt.”

Even though Jeremy pitched 111 plus innings his four pitches were all working late in the season. “I’ve learned to throw my pitches more consistently at any time and in any count, so it makes my job easier. I’ve also learned that mixing pitches is the key to success at any level.”

So, five months of traveling and games in the Midwest, California and Southern Leagues comes to an end plus a long spring training prior to that. “My plans this offseason is to rest and get five percent better from this year. I think I’m close to where I need to be, but there’s always work to be done. I’m going to work on a few things that need to be fixed and I’m going to spend a lot of time with my family and friends.”

Montgomery Top of the 5th
Pitching Change: Jeremy Beasley replaces Dario Beltre.
Nick Solak singles on a ground ball to center fielder Brandon Sandoval.
Brett Sullivan grounds into a double play, second baseman Jahmai Jones to shortstop Connor Justus to first baseman Zach Houchins. Nick Solak out at 2nd.
Nathan Lukes grounds out, shortstop Connor Justus to first baseman Zach Houchins.

Montgomery Top of the 6th
David Rodriguez grounds out, second baseman Jahmai Jones to first baseman Zach Houchins.
Miles Mastrobuoni grounds out, second baseman Jahmai Jones to first baseman Zach Houchins.
Michael Russell flies out to center fielder Brandon Sandoval.
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Montgomery Top of the 7th
Thomas Milone walks.
Dalton Kelly grounds into a double play, first baseman Zach Houchins to shortstop Connor Justus to pitcher Jeremy Beasley. Thomas Milone out at 2nd.
Lucius Fox flies out to center fielder Brandon Sandoval.

Jeremy Beasley 2018 and Career Stats

LG LEVEL W L ERA G GS SV SVO IP H R ER HR HB BB SO AVG WHIP
Minors 2018 Minors 6 7 2.66 25 18 1 1 111.2 96 39 33 7 3 32 104 .236 1.15
Burlington MID A(Full) 0 2 2.35 6 5 0 0 23.0 16 6 6 0 0 7 19 .198 1.00
Inland Empire CAL A(Adv) 3 2 3.05 9 6 1 1 44.1 48 20 15 4 2 11 48 .281 1.33
Mobile SOU AA 3 3 2.44 10 7 0 0 44.1 32 13 12 3 1 14 37 .206 1.04
Minors Career Minors 9 8 2.76 42 18 2 2 143.1 120 53 44 10 4 44 141 .229 1.14

Jeremy Beasley 2017 Statistics

Team League LEVEL W L ERA Save IP H R ER HR HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP
Minors 2017 Minors 3 1 3.13  1 31.2 24 14 11 3 0 12 0 37 .207 1.14
Orem PIO ROK 2 1 3.12 1 26 21 12 9 0 0 12 0 31 .219
AZL Angels AZL ROK 1 0 3.18 0 5.2 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 6 .150