• Could Colter Bean-town Happen?

    Posted by on March 21st, 2007 · Comments (11)

    All of the following facts are “to-date”:

    Only Rivera, Myers and Vizcaino have pitched in more games this spring for the Yankees than Colter Bean. Further, in terms of the non-starting-pitchers, only Vizcaino, Rasner, and Rivera have pitched more Yankees innings this spring than Bean. Lastly, of all Yankees hurlers this spring with more than 6 IP, only Pettitte and Rivera match Bean in terms of having an ERA of zero.

    So, the Yankees are using Colter Bean a lot this spring – and he is responding.

    Me? I’ve never been one of those Colter Bean groupies. The fact of the matter is that his Major League Equivalency (MLE) stats, over the last two seasons, say Bean is good for an ERA of 3.70-ish (which is fine) in the bigs – however it comes along with a WHIP in the ballpark of 1.60-ish (which is very bad). Bean just walks too many batters – or at least his MLE’s say that he’ll walk around 6 batters per every 9 innings pitched at the major league level.

    So, what’s the deal with the Yankees and the heavy use of Bean this spring? Are they trying to showcase him? Or, are they blind to what the projections say about him and they’re actually giving him a chance to prove his ability to pitch at the next level?

    My money is on a trade or a release for Bean, some place over the next ten days. Bean has already logged four seasons at Triple-A – therefore there’s nothing left for him to prove there. Sending him back down again would be flat out cruel. Bean probably could make the major league roster of a team like the Royals, Nationals, or Devil Rays now – why not let him try?

    Then again, maybe the Yankees are worried that the Red Sox will grab Bean and develop him into their next closer? Guys like Jose Valverde and Tyler Walker are closing games with high WHIP totals. Hey, you never know, right?

    Boy, if the Yankees let Bean walk, and he ended up closing for the Sox, would that sting, or what?

    Comments on Could Colter Bean-town Happen?

    1. brockdc
      March 21st, 2007 | 11:47 pm

      Cool by me. Bean’s frisby-lob slider will get crushed by major league hitters.

    2. March 22nd, 2007 | 8:47 am

      The Sawx already had Bean once – they took him in the Rule V draft a few years back, but returned him early in Spring Training.

      At this point, Bean is what he is. He ain’t getting any better.

    3. rbj
      March 22nd, 2007 | 9:31 am

      He would walk too many to be a closer, more likely an innings eater.

      Good luck to Colter — whenever he’s not pitching against the Yankees.

    4. Raf
      March 22nd, 2007 | 10:01 am

      Right handed relievers are a dime a dozen. I hope Bean gets a shot somewhere. I don’t see him closing, but hey, stranger things have happened…

      As for the Sox, it appears they’re going with Tavarez as their closer. Should be amusing.

    5. Dave
      March 22nd, 2007 | 10:04 am

      Yes, that would sting.

    6. March 22nd, 2007 | 10:43 am

      Colter Bean is 30. His time has passed.

    7. SteveB
      March 22nd, 2007 | 12:15 pm

      I do not understand two things in this life:

      1) The fascination with Ana Nicole Smith’s death.

      2) The crazy ass Colter Bean disciples.

    8. susanmullen
      March 22nd, 2007 | 2:48 pm

      2 things–the NY Times’ Tyler Kepner did a sentimental article on him 2/25/07, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/25/sports/baseball/25yankees.html?ex=1330059600&en=7da8d9a68373334d&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rssAlso,
      the ESPN TV announcers on the Red Sox game are saying the Sox will prob. announce Papelbon back to close after today’s game. I guess he freaked out after giving up the 1st inning HR the other day.

    9. Raf
      March 22nd, 2007 | 3:06 pm

      Yes, it looks like he’ll be closing this year (according to MLB.com). And Tavarez will be in the starting rotation.

    10. March 22nd, 2007 | 4:11 pm

      Package him and Beam to the Phillies for Backup catcher Chris Coste

    11. Raf
      March 22nd, 2007 | 10:33 pm

      Package him and Beam to the Phillies for Backup catcher Chris Coste
      One or the other should get it done.

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