When he came to spring training, Blake Beavan had heard and read all about that Seattle Mariners rotation - Felix Hernandez, Jason Vargas, Hisashi Iwakuma, Hector Noesi and Kevin Millwood.
“Yeah, I’d kind of read and heard that, but I’ve never been highly ranked,” Beavan said. “I don’t have a plus-plus fastball, I don’t throw a hammer, I don’t have put-them-away stuff.
“I use all my pitches, I change speeds and locate my fastball. When I’m doing that – like I was today – I feel like I can control a game.”
This spring, Beavan has pitched a team-high In 11 2/3 innings, allowed nine hits, two walks struck out six batters and put together a 2.37 earned run average
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Control with Beavan is a priority, and in 15 starts last season, 97 innings, he walked 15 batters. That was the fifth lowest average by a rookie (1.39 walks per nine innings) since 1901.
“I’m keeping my pitch count down and getting my innings in,” Beavan said. “I’m competing for a job the only way I can, controlling my effort, my ability. I’m throwing strikes, not walking guys.
“It’s like Eric Wedge has told us all, you might go through camp and not allow a run – and still not make the team. All you can do is your best.”