Perhaps more than any other catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals system, Steve Bean has worked with some of the very best pitchers the system has to offer.
At Class-A Peoria last season, when Bean shared the catching duties with Carson Kelly, the rotation included MLB top 100 prospects Alex Reyes and Rob Kaminsky. The two, along with Kelly, have graduated to A-Advanced Palm Beach for 2015.
With Bean returning to the Chiefs this season, the initial staff included another top 10 pitcher in the system in now-injured Jack Flaherty. Three other members of the rotation logged ERAs under 2.00 last month – Daniel Poncedeleon, Matt Pearce and Luis Perdomo – and reliever Kyle Grana was The Cardinal Nation’s top bullpenner in the system in April. Another starter, Will Anderson, has already been promoted to the Florida State League.
Of course, while honing his game behind the plate, the 21-year-old, a non-roster invitee to MLB spring training camp, continues to work on his hitting. Bean’s line last season was .235/.326/.304/.630 in 260 at-bats over 78 Midwest League games. Through Wednesday, the left-handed hitter’s 2015 numbers are comparable at .231/.328/.327/.655 in 52 at-bats over 17 contests.
In the following interview, Bean discusses his 2014, his preparation for 2015 and highlights several top prospect pitchers who have thrown to him while with the Chiefs.
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