Hometown: Jefferson, Georgia
Born: September 4, 1990
Regardless of the oddity, Chris Beck ranks as one of the top college pitchers and could give the top overall arm a run for his money with a strong season.
He certainly had one in 2011.
Coming off of a rough debut as a freshman in 2010 (2-4, 8.31 ERA), Beck thrived as the team’s Friday night starter. He won nine games, accounting for a quarter of the Eagles win total, posted a strong 3.23 ERA in 19 starts and struck out a team-high 109 batters in 103 innings.
It’s a wonder that Beck didn’t end up pitching at a larger university in Georgia, or that he didn’t get drafted higher than the 35th round back in 2009, especially considering he was a two-time Pitcher of the Year who led his team to back-to-back state championships.
At 6’3″ and 235 pounds, Beck has a perfect frame. His fastball is an above-average pitch, sitting in the low-to-mid 90s, sometimes scraping the 96-97 mph range. His slider and his changeup both improved drastically over the course of the 2011 season, with the former showing potential as a plus offering.
He has also shown well during the summer, pitching incredibly well (2-3, 2.12 ERA, 41 strikeouts) in the Cape Cod League.
MLB.com tabbed Beck as the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2012 draft class prior to the season.
Fastball: 91-96 mph
Curveball/Slider: 80-85 mph
Changeup: 79-85 mph