From the Sports Network -
One day after being called up the Yankees sent outfielder Mitch Jones to Triple-A Columbus and recalled pitcher Colter Bean.
Bean is an interesting story. So many fans and analysts feel that he should have been in the big leagues already. Shoot, there’s a even a website devoted to getting him called up to the majors.
He has been on a roll this season – with the exception of his last Triple-A appearance. From The Columbus Dispatch today -
Colter Bean, who had only given up two earned runs in his last 25 2 /3 innings, relieved Mendoza to begin the seventh. Richmond torched him for three runs on two doubles, a hit batter and a walk.
From what I’ve read, Bean does not throw hard and relies on his funky motion to trick batters.
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with that – Doug Jones (also a bad body pitcher) did it for a long time. (If you consider throwing in 846 major league games a long time.) And, Jones didn’t get a legit crack at the majors until he was 30-years-old. (Bean is twenty-nine now.)
Can Colter Bean be another Doug Jones?
Well, to do that, he’s going to need a chance. And, to get a chance, with Torre (who loves to use “experienced pitchers” like a Scott Erickson), then Bean is going to have to be lights-out the very first time that he gets into a game – and keep doing that each time until he gets into Joe’s circle of trust.
And, if Bean cannot get out of the gate with success this season, then he’ll end up just like people such as Jay Tessmer, Dale Polley, and Joe Ausanio.
In other words, my advice to Bean is: Don’t screw it up kid.