#22 – RHP Eric Beaulac

eric-beaulac-cyclones-hatBats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’5”, 190

Acquired: 9th Rd 2008, Le Moyne College

Born: 11/13/86 (Troy, NY)

Why Ranked Here: Beaulac had a nice debut split largely between Kingsport and Savannah, complemented by equally strong scouting reports. Scouts praised both his arm strength, seeing an average to better MLB fastball, and a power breaking ball.

2008: Beaulac set a new Le Moyne Dolphins single-season strikeout record (113) on his way to the 2008 Division I Independent Pitcher of the Year Award. The Mets started Beaulac out in Brooklyn where he made just two relief appearances in June, the second of which was a perfect, five strikeout performance over two innings. That earned him a demotion to Kingsport where he was excellent in three relief appearances before two starts in mid-July. And that prompted the Mets to promote Beaulac to Savannah where he made six strong starts from the end of July to August. One statistical red flag from his Savannah time was the increased walk rate.

Dr. Pangloss Says: Beaulac has two pitches that scouts thought were MLB quality already. From where he is, to a rotation candidacy will require both improved command and a changeup.

On the Flipside: Power arm and a power breaking ball sound like a bullpen starter-kit.

Projected 2009 Start: A-ball

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There are 4 comments

  1. Tommy2cat

    LeMoyne College has a first-rate baseball program that has produced pitchers such as Jim DeShais of the Houston Astros and Tom Browning of the Cincinnati Reds. (They were in my dorm).

    In 1980, the best pitcher among them was named Mike Burns, a Tom Seaver prototype who dominated in his freshman and sophomore years. I think “Burnsie” blew out his right knee.

    If Eric Beaulac set a LeMoyne single-season record for strikeouts, its an accomplishment worth noting.

    1. NateW

      Or the replacement for JJ Putz in 2010 if they fast track him.

      Whenever he arrives it will be nice for the Mets to have developed some pen arms from within. It seems to be one of the easier parts of a team to build from within, yet too many big market teams including the Mets overspend on relievers every year.

  2. NateW

    I was in attendance at that 5K performance and Beaulac was the most dominant pitcher I have ever seen at a NYPL game. And I saw Joe Smith toy with NYPL hitters a couple times.

    btw, the 6th out in a perfect two inning outing was a 5 star diving catch by Niewenheis.

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