Height/Weight: 6’5”/190 lbs
Acquired: 9th Rd 2008 (Le Moyne College (NY))
2009 Rank: NR
Why Ranked Here: Although he was a little old for the SAL at age 22, Beaulac’s 10.32 K/9 is very pretty and very hard to ignore. Tall and lanky, Beaulac did it with a fastball that sat at 89 mph, but touched 93. Beaulac’s out pitch is his slider which he threw from 79-83 mph, solid average velocity to a little better than that. The invaluable Mike Newman of scoutingthesally.com noted that the slider “flashes plus.” Beaulac’s changeup is a very distant third offering, but a tall RHP who can touch low nineties with a promising slider sounds like classic MLB bullpen material.
2009: Beaulac finished eight in the SAL in strikeouts and tenth in ERA in a fine campaign. He began the year piggybacking with Kyle Allen, alternating starts with his younger rotation mate in April, before starting in every one of his appearances in May. Moved to the bullpen in June, Beaulac was simply untouchable in the month, putting up a 0.53 ERA in 17 innings with 20 strikeouts against just four walks. Returned to the rotation for the duration of the season, Beaulac put up good numbers, but averaged under five innings per start indicating a lack of command.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Beaulac will be a key part of a strong MLB bullpen where, working all-out, he velocity will stabilize in the low 90s and his slider will be a nasty, plus pitch.
Debbie Downer Says: Fastball/slider righties are dime a dozen.
Projected 2010 Start: St. Lucie
MLB Arrival: 2012 in the bullpen
Image courtesy Fred Davyatkin