Prospect Profile: Eric Beattie

Eric Beattie was a polished pick out of the University of Tampa last year. After sitting out most of the 2004 season, he could be poised to move quickly through the Tiger's system. Can he show enough progress to see Detroit in the next couple of seasons?

Eric Beattie
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher Height: 6-3 Weight: 190
Born: 4/2/1983Bats: Right Throws: Right

Background
Beattie was a 2nd round choice of the Tigers in the 2004 draft, making him the second pitcher in as many picks (Justin Verlander – 1st Round) for the organization. Eric enjoyed a very successful career while pitching at Division II University of Tampa. During his senior campaign, Beattie went 10-5 with a 3.38 ERA in 104 innings. In addition to those solid numbers, Beattie displayed exceptional control, walking only 22 batters, while striking out an impressive 127 of his opposing hitters. The Tigers were in no hurry to sign the youngster after he logged a heavy collegiate workload. Beattie signed in the fall, and reported to the Fall Instructional League for some late-season work. Despite a disappointing Fall League, the organization is still very high on Eric, and hopes he can move quickly up the organizational ladder.

Scouting Report
In the most basic sense, Beattie is a very projectable pitcher, possessing a good pitcher's body, room to add strength without bulking up, and very good raw "stuff." Eric's arsenal centers on his above-average control of all three pitches, an average fastball, above-average change-up, and a potentially dominating curveball. Beattie's fastball sits consistently in the 90-92 range, reaching as high as 94 on occasion, with good, late sinking action. With the ability to keep the ball down, and spot his fastball in all areas of the strike zone, Beattie induces more groundballs than fly balls. In addition to his fastball, Eric uses an 11-5 curve that has the potential to be a nasty out-pitch if he gains consistency, and a very good change-up that he uses intelligently to setup opposing batters. Beattie is a good athlete, and takes to coaching well, allowing him to easily make adjustments to his mechanics, and respond quickly when things are not going his way on the mound. Beattie has the potential to be a solid #3 starter, with a best-case scenario being a number two.

Performance

Year

Team

W-L

ERA

G

GS

SV

H

BB

SO

IP

2004

Univ. of Tampa

10-5

3.38

16

16

0

94

224

127

104.0


Health Record
Beattie has not experienced any significant injuries at this point in his career. The organization will likely be careful with him early on, making sure his young are is not overused.

The Future
After taking the better portion of a year off from game competition, the Tigers plan to challenge him with an assignment to Lakeland of the High-A Florida State League (FSL). Beattie will team with fellow 2004 draftee Justin Verlander, and West Michigan graduates Jordan Tata, Christhian Martinez, and Virgil Vasquez to form a potentially dominating rotation. If all five pitchers are able to continue their progression, the Lakeland rotation could not only be one of the best in the FSL, but one of the best throughout the minor leagues. Provided Beattie takes well to the adjustments made last fall, he is polished enough to move quickly through the system, possibly seeing time with Erie at some point this summer. Despite coming in at only #15 on our Top 50 Prospect List this season, without any professional experience, Eric could rocket his way up the list, easily cracking the Top 10 in 2006.


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