|Report Date:||May 14th, 2018|
After a back injury caused him to miss all of his draft-eligible sophomore season in 2017, Beck has established that he’s healthy this year, making all his starts thus far. He struggled on Friday against a potent Oregon State offense, surrendering six runs, four of them earned, on nine hits over seven innings.
Tall, lean and high-waisted, Beck has a high three-quarter release which helps to create some downhill plane. His athleticism also helps him to repeat what is an unorthodox delivery, with a quick in-step from the third base side transitioning his back foot to the first base side. Beck’s fastball sat 90-to-93 mph with arm-side run during this viewing. Early in the outing, Beck had problems commanding his fastball and found some barrels, but he settled in as the game progressed began to draw weak contact in the later innings. Beck fluctuated his curveball during the game: pairing a slower 73-to-75 mph get me over pitch with 11-to-5 break earlier in counts, with a harder put away variation at 77-to-78 with more scurvy action. Beck’s best secondary offering was an above average changeup with deceptive arm speed and good velocity separation at 80-to-82 mph. Like his fastball, Beck struggled to command his off-speed stuff for most of the outing.
Beck profiles as a back end starter, though he’ll need to spin his curveball more consistently to reach his ceiling. He doesn’t overwhelm with velocity, but has pitchability makes the arsenal play up. One of the more consistent starters in the college game this year, Beck should come off the board sometime on day one.