When the Seattle Mariners visit the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night, there will be a familiar face on the mound, as the Mariners have recalled starting pitcher Blake Beavan in order to deploy him as the starter in Arlington.
#Mariners officially recall Blake Beavan from AAA Tacoma to pitch in tonight’s game vs TEX, Lucas Luetge was optioned back to AAA last night
— Jessamyn McIntyre (@JessamynESPN) April 15, 2014
Seattle’s recall of Beavan into the starting rotation isn’t terribly newsworthy on the surface, but because Beavan is facing the Texas Rangers, the story lines write themselves. Beavan is a former 1st-round pick (in 2004) of the Rangers, and was once a top-end prospect before being shipped to Seattle in a package of prospects in order for Texas to acquire star left-hander Cliff Lee.
That brings a bit of synergy to this one, but it remains to be seen how effective Beavan will be on the mound. The 25-year-old right-hander was a full time starter back in 2012, making 26 starts with a 4.43 ERA, but since then, he has toiled between the majors and minors, only making 12 appearances (2 starts) with Seattle in 2013, thanks to an unseemly 6.13 ERA. Tuesday night’s outing will be the season debut for Beavan, and with the well-chronicled pitching issues that Seattle has had, they could really use another solid starter.
Beavan will have the chance to set the tone for that against his old organization.