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Andrew T. Beal
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 185 lb.
- School Vanderbilt University
- High School Reidland High School
- Born October 31, 1978 in Paducah, KY USA
He was originally drafted out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles in the 33rd round (1,005th overall) in the 1997 draft, but he did not sign. He did sign when he was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round (158th overall) in the 2000 draft.
In 14 games started in 2000, he went 9-3 with a 2.34 ERA. He struck out 87 batters in 92 1/3 innings while walking only 17. He led his team in wins and strikeouts and led all the main starters in ERA. He was a short season All-Star that season.
He spent time with both the Greensboro Bats (two games) and Tampa Yankees (17 games) in 2001, going 6-5 with a 2.72 ERA. He also struck out 78 batters in 110 1/3 innings of work while walking only 33.
Beal had a good year in 2002 with Tampa, going 6-0 with a 2.65 ERA in 10 games started. With the Norwich Navigators that season, he struck out 61 in 62 2/3 innings and posted an ERA of 3.30. Between the two, he went a combined 10-5, with a 3.00 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 117 innings of work. After pitching just eight games for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers in 2002, his overall winning percentage dropped from .667 to .571 and his ERA rose from 3.00 to 3.84 - he was 2-4 record with a 6.04 ERA with Columbus. His overall record was 12-9.
Like 2002, Beal performed well in 2003 below the Triple-A level. For the first time in his professional career he was used as a reliever, starting 12 games and making 5 relief appearances for the Trenton Thunder. He posted a 6-0 record with a 3.51 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 74 1/3 innings. After eight games in Triple-A that year however, his overall ERA rose to 4.86 and his record dropped to 7-6. Beal had a 7.45 ERA and 1-6 record with the Clippers that season.
He spent all of 2004 with the Clippers. He pitched in 28 games, starting only 12 of them, and posted a record of 4-6 with an ERA of 5.29. He struck out only 50 batters in 114 innings of work. Beal went from averaging 8.48 strikeouts per nine innings in his rookie year to averaging under four strikeouts per nine innings.
He was released by the Yankees in February of 2005. Pitching for the independent Atlantic City Surf that year, he appeared in five games, starting four of them. He posted an 0-3 record with a 6.26 ERA.
2005 was his final year in professional baseball.
Overall, Beal's career record was 38-32 with a 3.96 ERA. Of the 119 games he appeared in, he started 101 of them. In 613 1/3 innings of work in his career, he allowed 647 hits, walked 185 batters and struck out 444.
- Pitched the first seven-inning complete game in Staten Island Yankees history on August 19, 2000.