Saturday, January 26, 2013
Beatty to Join Bowie in 2013
On Friday afternoon the Baltimore Orioles announced their Player Development staff for the 2013 season. Among the appointments was former Major Leaguer and 1987 Hagerstown Sun Blaine Beatty, who has been assigned to the AA Bowie Baysox (Eastern League) as the team's pitching coach.
This will mark Beatty's first season with Bowie and eight overall in the Orioles' farm system. Much of his time with Baltimore, with the exception of 2009 when he was assigned to Low-A Delmarva, has been spent with High-A Frederick (Carolina). Among the eventual Major Leaguers Beatty has mentored during his time with Baltimore include Dylan Bundy, Jake Arrieta and David Hernandez.
2013 will also be Beatty's 28th consecutive season in professional baseball. Originally drafted by the Orioles in 1986, Beatty joined Hagerstown in 1987 and had one of the best seasons by a Suns' pitcher in team history. In 13 starts, the lefthander went 11-1 with a 2.52 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and a 1.0 BB/9 rate. Though he ended the season with AA Charlotte (Southern), Beatty still was recognized as the Carolina League Pitcher of the Year. He made his Major League debut in 1989, spending parts of two seasons with the New York Mets.