The Mets selected Pedro Beato with their second pick in the Rule 5 Draft. He projects as a middle reliever and might be able to have an immediate impact on the major league roster.
Beato was actually drafted by the Mets in the 17th round in 2005 but did not sign. The following year, the Orioles selected him with the 32nd overall pick and were able to sign him to a contract.
The Mets brought in D.J. Carrasco for some bullpen help at the Winter Meetings. They also signed Boof Bonser, who will provide insurance at AAA. Pat Misch and Manny Acosta are still in house and will be competing for bullpen spots.
While some scouts say Beato is not quite ready for the bigs, his 2010 numbers for the AA Bowie Baysox were great. As a late inning reliever, he was 4-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 16 saves. He also had 50 strikeouts in 59.2 innings of work. Beato established himself as a two-pitch reliever with a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s.
Beato is a local kid, too. He attended Xaverian High School and played for Brooklyn’s Youth Service League.
How do I know this? I actually played against him during the summer of 2005. Not to brag, but I was 2-for-3 with a double off him! He did have great stuff though.
Beato has certainly matured since 2005 and could play a role in the 2011 Mets bullpen. There are many unclaimed spots so he would have to show in spring training that he is ready to take the leap but the opportunity is there.
As the parameters of the Rule 5 Draft indicate, Beato would have to remain on the Mets major league roster all season, or he would be offered back to Orioles, assuming he clears waivers. The Mets wouldn’t have wasted this pick if they did not see tremendous upside with Beato. Hopefully he can show the Mets he’s the real deal.
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