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NYDCYankee
12-15-07, 02:04 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07349/842031-63.stm


The Pirates continued to add organizational pitching depth, agreeing to a minor-league contract yesterday with right-handed reliever T.J. Beam.
Beam, 27, is 6 feet 7, 215 pounds and best known as a hard thrower, capable of reaching 97 mph with his fastball, with a dynamic downward plane to his pitches. He also has shown good control of the slider, his secondary pitch.

DontHateOnNumber2
12-15-07, 02:08 AM
Nice to see the skinny dude still able to get on to another club. I hope he makes their big league roster.

Steph19
12-15-07, 02:11 AM
Kid's still got potential. I would have sooner kept him then Henn. Beam didn't get much of a chance and then was hurt last year. Oh well...

Good look, Beam.

Chacon
12-15-07, 02:26 AM
That was an awfully optimistic scouting report

ANSKYcm
12-15-07, 03:47 AM
I hate when we lose guys like this. Cheap with a chance of an upside. Especially when guys like Sean Henn are still on the team. That said, I dont think Beam will ever turn out to be anything special, contrary to what Gator apparently beleives.

Yankyfan
12-15-07, 07:22 AM
I hate when we lose guys like this. Cheap with a chance of an upside. Especially when guys like Sean Henn are still on the team. That said, I dont think Beam will ever turn out to be anything special, contrary to what Gator apparently beleives. If he can find his control he'll do good. The Pirates are a good team for him now. Low pressure will do him well. Good luck TJ

Janttje
12-15-07, 07:41 AM
Good luck Beam..

ajra21
12-15-07, 08:33 AM
That was an awfully optimistic scouting report

but it is similar to one written 15 years ago about a certain randall david johnson.

;)

TheYankee
12-15-07, 08:35 AM
97 MPH fastball? What, with a 20 MPH wind behind him? That report made him sound like the next coming of Pedro Martinez... mercy.

In Mo I Trust
12-15-07, 09:23 AM
97 MPH with a dynamic downward plane? Right........

wang+cano=future
12-15-07, 10:17 AM
Good luck TJ.

primetime714
12-15-07, 10:21 AM
Kid's still got potential. I would have sooner kept him then Henn. Beam didn't get much of a chance and then was hurt last year. Oh well...

Good look, Beam.

I would've let Henn go first too, but Beam got plenty of chances previously and was downright awful. He's also 27 years old. Now he could be the next Scott Proctor, but he'll have to show a lot better control. I think he could be successful in the NL on a team like the pirates where there is no pressure, but still its not a big loss for us.

Skars
12-15-07, 11:48 AM
straight 91 mph fastball is the new dynamic 97 mph fastball

Michaels07
12-15-07, 12:31 PM
If he can find his control he'll do good. The Pirates are a good team for him now. Low pressure will do him well. Good luck TJ

His fastball has no movement, it`s easy to hit.

in2dust2002
12-15-07, 04:36 PM
I like Jim Beam better.

mbn007
12-17-07, 02:28 PM
Truth is, he is one of those guys who has no future here, with teh new young talent we have in the system overtaking him., It is a shame, but his being injured last season cost him a job in the Yankee organization, as he did not get a shot to show he improved. That, plus his age, makes this a "sorry to see you go kid, and good luck".

JeffWeaverFan
12-17-07, 04:01 PM
He has a chance to make it.

OlgMvp
12-17-07, 06:57 PM
Is Beam considered a type F or G FA?


:lol:

justinvarnes
12-17-07, 06:59 PM
Can't wait to use the draft picks we get for him.

Fabien Brandy
12-17-07, 09:23 PM
Beam is a guy these minor league free agent rules were made for. Too many guys ahead of him where he is and not good enough to entice another team to trade for him.

I'd love to see more Clippard-type trades but I have a feeling that a lot of the AAA excess will disperse to the four winds like Mr. Beam.

mbn007
12-18-07, 07:14 AM
Beam is a guy these minor league free agent rules were made for. Too many guys ahead of him where he is and not good enough to entice another team to trade for him.

I'd love to see more Clippard-type trades but I have a feeling that a lot of the AAA excess will disperse to the four winds like Mr. Beam.

Exactly. Another recent case was John Rodriguez, who surfaced with the Cards in 2006 I believe.

YankeeStripes
12-18-07, 11:14 AM
Ive never seen him come close to 97. I thought he threw more like 92.

mbn007
12-18-07, 12:11 PM
Ive never seen him come close to 97. I thought he threw more like 92.

I recall him at 94 in the Minors a couple of years ago.

danman1202
12-18-07, 01:48 PM
Is Beam considered a type F or G FA?


:lol:



He would be a Z. After a Type Z free agent there is the Type Colter Bean free agent, which is the last on the scale.

And, these are the kinds of scouting reports that make me wary about a player until I actually see him in person. Makes him out to be very good.

Snatch Catch
12-18-07, 02:02 PM
He has a chance to make it.


Agreed.

I'll also say that I don't think he is the type of player that gains footing in the majors with a team like the Yankees.

Yankees Empire
12-18-07, 10:56 PM
I'm happy to see that the Pirates are finally serious about building a contender.

Their next move will be to lure Rey Ordonez out of retirement.

Blazer
12-18-07, 11:12 PM
The Pirates are the perfect team for a young fringe MLB player to get a shot.

budstinks
12-21-07, 12:32 AM
The Pirates are the perfect team for a young fringe MLB player to get a shot.

Personally, I think the kid could just make their team and have some success in the NL. Bullpens are chalk full of arms like his.

I'll never understand why we can't trade these type players for more talented younger players that need 4 years to develop. After what you see teams pay for mediocre pitching, it is just amazing to me that nobody will give us ANYTHING for this type of player.