Clark Beeker is a right-handed starting pitcher for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Beeker, 24, was drafted in the 33rd round of the 2016 draft out of Davidson College. Beeker was a fifth-year senior coming off his strongest season; he suffered an injury early in his sophomore season which caused him to red shirt. In a good interview with Twins Daily writer Seth Stohs, Beeker called that injury a blessing in disguise.
More from that interview with Beeker can be read here.
I also stumbled upon some other interesting nuggets: Beeker attended the same high school as Chattanooga second baseman Levi Michael, and in college once pitched against Chattanooga center fielder Tanner English, who was playing for nationally ranked University of South Carolina program.
In his senior season at Davidson, Beeker made 15 starts, two of which were complete game shutouts. He finished with 9-4 with a 2.55 ERA his that season. After signing with the Twins, he pitched mainly in relief for rookie affiliate GCL before making two starts for Elizabethton to conclude his season.
Beeker throws four pitches. He has a slider, curve and change which he is comfortable throwing in any count, and a fastball that sat 90-ish after he reported to GCL last summer. Beeker's college BB9 rate was below 2.00 and his K/9 was a slightly above 6.00, indicating a pitcher with very good control who lives in the strike zone.
However, Beeker struck out 52 in his 43.2 innings in rookie ball last season, a rate far higher than his college strikeout rate.
Beeker makes his season debut tonight for Cedar Rapids (2-2) versus the Kane County Cougars (4-0) in Geneva, Ill. First pitch 6:30 PM.