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'Fastball Special': Based on Joey Gallo's experience, could Clayton Beater be the Yankees' beacon of hope?

Clayton Beater was in the passenger seat. I was driving from one minor league field to another from North Little Rock, Arkansas to Springdale, Arkansas. Comment on the photo on his Instagram account.

A fan wrote "Welcome to the Yankees" under one of his photos.

He looked at his friends and read the comments.

"That's a little weird," Beater told a buddy when word began circulating on his Twitter account that the deal closed on Aug. 2 (deal date).

It took him another hour or so before the Dodgers called. He didn't have to finish his 200-mile journey. The 23-year-old was traded for Joey Gallo in his second year of professional baseball,[11][12][13][14] nearly every trade was life-changing for each player involved. And it was especially strange for Beater, who is set to make his organizational debut for the Yankees in Double-A Somerset on Wednesday.

Originally from Fort Worth and Texas Tech, this product grew up a fan of the Texas Rangers. They say never meet your hero. How about being traded for your hero.

Clayton Beeter
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Patriots TD Bank his ballpark Tuesday from. "I actually told my girlfriend, it's crazy. I grew up watching [Gallo], but I was traded for him."— Losing 1-0 to the Mariners in 13 innings — The trade that ousted Gallo has left Beater the latest interesting arm the Yankees have had to work with. , there are many possibilities and potential pitfalls.

For now, we're hoping the right-hander can do well as a starting pitcher, but he's been in a lot of different roles. His Reds career with the Raiders began with Tommy's John surgery and was further complicated by arthroscopic elbow surgery in 2018. He returned as a closer in his 2019. In 2020, he showed dirty from the rotation, striking out 33 in 21 innings before COVID-19 canceled the rest of the campaign. The Dodgers were impressed enough with a small sample that they chose him in the second round of that year's draft.

Since turning pro, the beater has mostly been started but used in bursts. In 46 games (43 starts) in one and a half seasons, he has not pitched more than four innings.

He called the trade to the Yankees a "fresh start," the latter being the best word. He said these two powerful organizations of his have a lot in common, but he thinks he's used differently and more on the east coast.

Clayton Beeter of the Somerset Patriots
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They told us They'll let us pitch more and get us on our way," Beater said, noting how Los Angeles has been "protective" with pitchers.

The stuff is there — a hard fastball that hits 98 mph and a big-time curveball with plenty of drop — but better results from the beater give him a longer leash. would help the argument that it should be

Last season, Beater combined High A's and Double A's and he had a 3.44 ERA in 52⅓ innings, and he struck out 13.4 batters per 9 at-bats. Statistically, this season has struggled more. He has a Double-A in 51⅔ innings with Tulsa where he has a 5.75 ERA, with 35 walks (a lot) and he has 88 strikeouts (a lot).

"Maybe you'll land a little more off-speed," Beater said of the need for improvement. "I don't think I'm mad about the season enough to see my numbers. I don't really feel like I need to change a lot. If I could refine it and be a little bit better in some areas, things would be much better. I think I'll start."

Joey Gallo #12 of the Los Angeles Dodgers takes his first at-bat as a Dodger in the second inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 04, 2022 in San Francisco, California.
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6 ft 2 , the 220-Pounder is a two-pitch pitcher at least for now, at least "power fastball, power curveball," he said. And away from the sliders and changeups that were in his arsenal. In today's majors in his league, it's plausible that he'll succeed as a starter on only two pitches, but those pitches have to be good. He needs to add his third and may need to improve his command.

The Yankees didn't just kick Gallo out. The Dodgers may see Gallo as a high-end his project with tremendous tools (if not tremendous results in the Bronx). In the trade that acquired Frankie Montas, Andrew Benintendi, and Scott Efros, the Yankees acquired eight of his prospects, including seven of his pitchers.

They wanted his higher arm up to fill the cleats, which is where the beater comes into play.

"The fastball is special," said Somerset manager Dan He Fiorito, who has watched his session in the Beater's bullpen. "He's got a ride and a power fastball with a sharp breaking ball.

"He's a special arm. I'll see if I have one."

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One of a kind

Serena Williams, widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time,calls it a career.With the US Open starting August 29 in Queens,likely to be her last tournament,

the peerless 40-year-old Williams Having won a record 23 Grand Slam titles in the Open Era (24 all-time record held by Margaret Court,is one mouth-watering crown). She won her first major at the 1999 US Open,her first major at the age of 17, and most recently at the 2017 Australian Open, where her daughter won the Olympia while pregnant. She has also won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles with her older sister Venus Williams (she won 14-0 in the finals).

Serena Williams (40) is stepping away from tennis after a 27 year career.
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Selena's achievements include: Also included are two Serena slams, four Olympic gold medals (one singles, three doubles), 319 consecutive weeks of first place, and nearly $100 million in prize money. Moreover, she revolutionized women's tennis with her play and her personality.

She is the greatest female tennis player of all time, and alongside her contemporaries Roger her Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak her Djokovic, the greatest in the sport, regardless of gender. Saying goodbye to one of the player's girlfriends. The tennis world will miss Williams, but she broke down barriers and her iconic impact will continue.

– David Scott

Risky Business

Chris Sale #41 of the Boston Red Sox in action against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 17, 2022 in New York City.
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Let's take a lesson from Chris Sale: Be careful with your bike.

Also, watch out for his nine-figure contract offer being handed out to pitchers.

Sale's nightmare season — his third since his five-year, $145 million contract extension began — ended in dismal fashion, The Red Sox announced Tuesday that the left-handed broke his wrist. Bicycle accidentHe had surgery on Monday. The Red Sox hope he's ready for spring training, but what version of Sale can we expect in 2023?

totaled 48⅓ innings in his three seasons (thanks toSpotrac), the first of his 14th-largest contract in gross terms given to a pitcher. He will be 34 in his March, but he still has two more years (before vesting his options in 2025) that he needs a lot of money to pay.

Sale signed a contract extension after helping the Red Sox to his 2018 World Series win. His second-highest-paid contract ever given to a pitcher was paid to Steven Strasberg ($245 million) for helping the Nationals win his 2019 crown. Since then, Strasberg has totaled 31⅓ innings in his three seasons.

Also, the Nationals have his 16th-biggest pitching contract. Patrick Corbin ($140 million) helped lead Washington to his 2019 title, but he's been a disaster since with his 5.98 ERA. The Nuts won't be removing that megadeal until after the 2024 season.

Patrick Corbin #46 of the Washington Nationals in action against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 6, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Gerrit Cole (#1, 324 million Million dollars) ) has been mostly good since joining the Yankees, but it's disappointing just because he hasn't won a championship. The Red Sox no doubt regret his $217 million he agreed to give to David Price (No. 3) before making the Dodgers pay for the deal that sent Mookie Betts to Los Angeles.

The Dodgers are fine with his $215 million given to Clayton Kershaw (No. 4) from 2014 to 2020. From 2015 to Max Scherzer (No. 5) in the 2021 Nuts, his $210 million was all worth it. But generally, the longer Major Leaguers commits his club to the arm, the greater the risk.

Jacob deGrom has reiteratedthat he will be opting out of his contract after this seasonfor the next two months of the regular season (and another month of the postseason). If he stays healthy in 2020, he will enter free agency with major health concerns as a 34-year-old superstarand perhaps the best pitcher ever. . What kind of deal would you propose to deGrom?

Mets owner Steve Cohen said he wanted to emulate the Dodgers. The only exception is Kershaw, who perhaps has similarities between a Dodgers legend and a Mets star. Each has built an important relationship with their team's fan base and is more valuable to their team than any other club.

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) pitches in the fourth inning when the New York Mets played the Atlanta Braves Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022, at Citi Field in Queens.
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Still: Dodgers Free Big Money When used - with the help of agent rotation, they went to Trevor Bauer in a deal worth $102 million in just three seasons. (The deal was ruined for other reasons)

the amount Cohen would give deGrom for his three seasons. A year after Scherzer he received $130 million in his three years, $140 million is under consideration.

Or, ignoring the example of Sale, Strasberg, Corbin and numerous former stars, waiting to offer the Mets co-ace a contract that will make him 40. Do you have a team?