Blake Beavan pitched well for the Seattle Mariners on Thursday (March) against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went 4 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on five hits. He also had no walks and four strikeouts as the Mariners won 6-3. Logan Morrison hit his first home run of Spring Training while batting in the designated hitter slot. Robinson Cano also went 2-for-4 to drop his batting average to .609 this spring and Hector Noesi pitched 2 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in relief.
Beavan has appeared in four games this spring, starting three of them. In 12 2/3 innings of work, he has posted a 2.13 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. He has seven strikeouts and has walked just two batters in that time. His numbers have looked really good so far and they might just be good enough to nab one of the spots in the starting rotation to begin the season. There could be a lot of competition heading into the final few weeks in Peoria and it appears that the front office could have some tough decisions coming up soon.
Last season he spent a lot of time at Triple-A Tacoma, posting an unimpressive ERA of 5.55 and WHIP of 1.52. He did also spend some time with the Seattle Mariners, pitching in 12 games and posting a 6.13 ERA and 1.36 WHIP. Beavan only made two starts, though, as the team wanted to give pitchers like Brandon Maurer and Erasmo Ramirez more of a look. Now Blake Beavan is definitely competing with those same guys to try to make the Opening Day 25-man roster in 2014.
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