MINERS’ RIGHTY FANNED 31 HITTERS IN 24 INNINGS IN 2016
Beal, 26, joined the Miners on July 8, 2016 and was superb out of the bullpen. With a fastball consistently in the mid-90s, the 6′ 6″ right-hander went 2–0 with a 2.59 ERA, notching five saves in 29 appearances. Beal also struck out 31 hitters in 24.1 innings of work while walking just eight and holding opposing hitters to a paltry .198 batting average.
Out of baseball in 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, the Washington, DC native was with the Baltimore Orioles organization from 2008–10 and again from 2012–14, reaching as high as Single-A. Beal was a mid-season All-Star in the Class-A South Atlantic League in 2010 with Delmarva. He was originally a 14th-round choice by the Orioles in the 2008 draft out of high school.
Beal is the first player in Sussex County Miners history to have his contract purchased by an affiliated organization. He now goes to a Phillies organization that took home the Best Farm System award in 2016. Beal has been assigned to the Reading Fightin Phils, Philadelphia’s Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League.