The 2016 College World Series was one for the ages, as Coastal Carolina won their first national championship in program history. Perhaps the biggest reason that this was possible was due to their ace, Andrew Beckwith.
I watch a lot of college baseball. I absolutely love the passion that college baseball players play with and the College World Series is one of my favorite events of the entire year. While I normally watch as many CWS games as I can anyways, I didn’t miss an inning of Coastal Carolina’s CWS run in 2016. Andrew Beckwith was a man on a mission, and he had heads turning in Omaha.
Beckwith isn’t just a really good pitcher, he’s really unconventional too. He sometimes throws like this:
And sometimes he throws like this:
Hardly ever do you see pitchers mess with their arm angles like this. Even more rare is a pitcher who throws submarine on a regular basis AND starts games. Usually, guys who throw submarine like the second picture are strictly relievers. Think Peter Moylan. But Andrew Beckwith was able to start for Coastal Carolina and be incredibly effective in the process.
In his junior season in 2016 at Coastal Carolina, Beckwith posted a 1.94 ERA in 111 IP across 25 total appearances (9 starts). Beckwith was a monster and carried his team to the ultimate prize in Omaha.
After a bit of a pedestrian 2017 senior season, Beckwith declared for the draft and was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 32nd round. This may seem low for a guy who pitched as well as he did in college, but remember, he’s going to be a reliever only in pro ball.
Luckily for the Kansas City Royals, he may be a very good one. Beckwith features some nasty stuff from down under, and his ability to go over the top only adds to his effectiveness. In his 27.1 professional innings, Beckwith did not surrender a home run (impressive considering he spent most of his time in the Pioneer League) and produced a GB% over 45%. That will play in the long run.
Andrew Beckwith may never become anything more than a one inning reliever, but his combination of rare arm angle and filthy stuff may very well allow him to succeed as a professional. I was thrilled to hear the former Chanticleer’s name called during the 2017 draft, and I think we’ll be hearing it again sometime in the future. Beckwith could be part of the next wave of effective relievers that the Royals so often develop.