Sunday, July 4, 2010

Mitchell Beacom - UCLA Pitcher

Mitchell Ray Beacom
Born: July 4, 1989 in San Diego, CA
Position: LHP (also can throw righthanded)
Bats: Left
Hometown: San Diego, CA
College: UCLA
Jersey Number: 35

Pro: drafted in 2011 by the San Francisco Giants in the 20th round (No. 627 overall)

According the UCLA baseball profile: Mitchell is ambidextrous, but plays baseball left-handed.
UCLA Profile of Mitchell Beacom

An online forum, about ambidextrous pitchers, states that Mitch Beacom can throw in the low 90s left-handed and 88 mph right-handed. (

Mitchell Beacom drafted by SF Giants

Round 20 (627th overall), Mitchell Beacom, LHP, UCLA: A 6-foot-8, 260-pound reliever, Beacom is ambidextrous and can pitch with both hands, but he has found success as a left-hander. He made 15 relief appearances last summer for the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the Northwest League, going 2-1 with a 1.55 ERA, 32 strikeouts and 11 walks in 29 innings. Beacom was picked in the 36th round of last year’s Draft but returned to the Bruins and put up more impressive numbers this spring: 2.20 ERA, 38 strikeouts and nine walks in 32.2 innings.
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Royals 36th round pick LHP Mitchell Beacom UCLA

Royals Prospects
Six-foot-8 left-handed pitcher Mitchell Beacom, a redshirt sophomore, was taken by the Kansas City Royals in the 36th round.
Beacom is a draft-eligible sophomore who worked out of the UCLA bullpen this year. Beacom put up an ERA of 4.58 in 17 2/3 innings with 22 strikeouts and 3 walks in 2010.
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‘Chucks Sign 6’9” UCLA Southpaw
Monday, May 17th, 2010 (Wausau, WI) Mitchell Beacom, a 6’9” lefty reliever from UCLA, has signed with the Wisconsin Woodchucks for the 2010 summer.  Beacom, a third-year sophomore, is providing quality innings out of the ‘pen for a UCLA team seemingly destined for extensive postseason play with a 37-11 record. 

Beacom’s stats this season are deceiving, as his 4.76 earned run average doesn’t tell the whole story.  Through 17 innings pitched out of the pen, Beacom boasts an extraordinary 0.88 WHIP with a .185 opponent batting average- making his higher ERA a statistical oddity.

He makes pool seem too shallow


Beacom was named All-San Diego Section second team in water polo last year while splitting his athletic calendar with baseball in the spring.
A few colleges have contacted Beacom about water polo. But he said his preference would be to focus on baseball as a left-handed pitcher.
Beacom, a 185-pounder, pitches left-handed, but he throws the ball right-handed in water polo. In fact, he's ambidextrous, giving him strength on both sides of his body in defending the goal.

Switching throwing arms is just one part of the transition between the baseball field and pool.

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Interesting sight before the game, Mitchell Beacom throwing a bullpen right-handed in front of Jack Hiatt and Fred Stanley

Mitchell Ray Beacom - San Jose Giants
6.75 ERA in 2012

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