#15 - Chris Begg
|Date of Birth: 09/12/1979||Position: P||Height: 6'4"||Weight: 195||Bats: R||Throws: R|
Acquired: Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003
|Norwich - AA||8||7||3.07||23||21||0||138.0||142||57||47||9||23||86||.265||2.05|
One of the hardest workers in the Giants system could be the guy you havent heard anything about thatll be on Fresnos 2006 rotation. But if you havent heard about him, you probably dont watch any international baseball competitions.
Chris Begg might be best known for being a mainstay on Canadas international teams. Hes a veteran of the 2004 Olympics. This past year, he played for Canadas team in the World Cup played in the Netherlands in September, went in November to the Americas Olympic Qualifier, and then dominated the Venezuelan Winter League with a 2.43 ERA and a 5-1 record. In March, hell be pitching in Arizona, but for the Canadian WBC team.
Thats a full offseason, but Begg has worked hard to get where he is. Despite being the 2001 MAAC Pitcher of the Year and ABCA Northeast Region Pitcher of the Year in his senior year at Niagara (where the Giants would draft Dan Griffin from in 2005), Begg went undrafted. Instead of giving up on baseball, he went to the Northern League, where he was the NL Rookie Pitcher of the year in 2003 before the Giants picked him up in a rare foray into independent baseball.
Begg is a four pitch pitcher, and relies on finesse to be successful. He throws a high 80s fastball, and from there works primarily with above average sinkers and sliders, and has a solid changeup. When hes on, he rarely walks anyone, usually living under 2 walks every 9 innings pitched, and he keeps the ball on the ground, with a 2.05 Groundball/Flyball ratio in 2005. Hes never given up a lot of home runs.
So far, Beggs pro career has been relatively predictable. After he dominated San Jose in 03 after being signed, he went to Norwich and had a few problems. He returned to Norwich in 04 and went back to dominating, but a short exposure to Fresno didnt go too well. By that token, one mightve expected him to go to Fresno and do very well, but he stayed in Norwich in 2005, hampered by a finger injury that cost him an appearance he earned in the Eastern League All-Star game. The injury didnt seem to hamper him much the rest of the year, though.
Beggs ceiling is a back of the rotation starter right now. Hell never dominate, but hes been mostly effective at every level hes been at, and is the type of pitcher who will not usually hurt himself on the mound by putting runners on. A move to middle relief also wouldnt be a big surprise in the majors, where Begg might take on a role similar to Jim Brower in Browers first couple of years with the Giants, working longer stints out of the bullpen and cleaning up spot starts when the team needs him.
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