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Full Name: Joshua Patrick Beckett Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 4"/190 First Game: September 4, 2001
Birthdate: May 15, 1980 MLB Experience: 6 years
Birthplace: Spring, Texas
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Joshua Patrick Beckett was born on May 15, 1980 in Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston and is a starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He grew up idolizing Roger Clemens and always wanted to be a pitcher in the big leagues. He developed his cocky attitude and fiery competitiveness early in his life. He made a name for himself as a high school sophomore and by the time he was a senior many scouts were saying he was the top high school pitcher in the country.

Template:TocLeft A native of Spring, Texas, Beckett has grown to become one of the premier young pitchers in the major leagues. He was discovered by the Florida Marlins scout Bob Laurie (responsible for Jason Stokes as well). His career thus far has been impressive, but injuries (most of the time blister problems) limited him to only 103 starts (106 appearances) in his first five years as a Major Leaguer. His most productive season came in 2005, when he posted career-highs in wins(15), starts (29), innings (178.2), strikeouts (166) and WHIP (1.18), as he tossed in a sharp 3.38 ERA for good measure. He also hadn't won more than 10 games until the past campaign.

Beckett achieved fame in the 2003 postseason by winning the World Series MVP Award with two great performances on only three days' rest. Teamed up with star catcher Ivan Rodriguez, he helped the Florida Marlins win the World Series over the favored Yankees, 4 games to 2.

In a deal that was made official on Thanksgiving Day in 2005, Beckett was traded to the Boston Red Sox along with third baseman Mike Lowell and relief pitcher Guillermo Mota for minor league prospects shortstop Hanley Ramirez and pitchers Anibal Sanchez, Jesus Delgado and Harvey Garcia. Beckett and Lowell, along with fellow players Carlos Delgado, Luis Castillo, Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota, Alex Gonzalez, are the most prominent among a list of veterans the Marlins traded in what was organizationally termed a market correction. The Marlins drastically trimmed their payroll, possibly in preparation for a future relocation of the franchise out of Florida.[1]

Josh Beckett became the first Red Sox pitcher to hit a home run in 35 years — since the advent of the designated hitter rule — when he took Phillies' pitcher Brett Myers deep during an interleague game on May 20, 2006.

On July 18, 2006, Beckett signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension with a $10 million club option for 2010. [2]

Florida Marlins

Beckett fell to the Marlins with the #2 pick in the 1999 draft because Tampa Bay was worried that he was too cocky and had too much of an attitude. Florida was more than happy to take him. After just 199.1 IP in the minor leagues, Beckett debuted for the Marlins in a September call-up in 2001. The big Texan dominated the competition, striking out 24 in 24 innings over 4 starts. He went only 2-2 despite a 1.50 ERA. From that point on it was obvious that Beckett was going to stick in the big leagues. He was a vital member of the 2003 Florida Marlins team that won the World Series and was named the World Series MVP with his heroics against the New York Yankees.

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox are hoping that Beckett can put his injuries behind him and give them a second ace behind Curt Schilling. In his first 4 full years in the big leagues, Beckett has landed on the DL 9 times. Most of his injuries have been related to blisters on his pitching hand and he has never reached the 180 IP mark in a season. They acquired him during the off-season in 2005 during a firesale by the Florida Marlins along with Mike Lowell. He spent 4 injury-filled full seasons with the Marlins, but managed to increase the number of games he started every year (21 in 2002 to 23 to 26 to 29 in 2005).

2006

Beckett completed his first season with the Boston Red Sox with a record of 16-11 and a 5.01 ERA. In 204.2 IP, he gave up 191 hits and struck out 158 batters while walking 74. Beckett allowed 36 home runs, tied for second most in the majors.

Josh Beckett became the first Red Sox pitcher to hit a home run in 35 years-since the advent of the designated hitter rule-when he took Phillies' pitcher Brett Myers deep during an interleague game on May 20, 2006.

On July 18, 2006, Beckett signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension with a $10 million club option for 2010.

2007

At the start of the season, Beckett adjusted to throwing more breaking pitches than just fastballs. To date, Beckett has gone 17-6 as of September 4, 2007, with a 3.30 ERA, and was selected to the American League team in the 2007 MLB All-Star Game, where he was the victorious pitcher. Beckett led the AL in victories in 2007 with 20. Beckett went 4-0 in the postseason, leading the Red Sox to a World Series Title. He went on to finish 2nd in the AL CY Young race, losing out to Indians pitcher CC Sabathia.

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Scouting Report

Beckett is a power pitcher with an over-the-top delivery. His four-seam fastball ranges from 92-97 mph with heavy tailing action through the zone. He complements it with a heavy sinker (90-94 mph) a knee-buckling 12-6 curveball (73-79 mph) and a deceptive changeup that tails in at 82-86 mph. Beckett generally frustrates hitters by painting the outside corner with his fastball, tailing his changeups inside, and striking batters out swinging with his sinker and curve.

Pitching

He has fantastic stuff with a fastball that tops out around 98 and has a lot of movement, a solid change up, and a tight curveball. His control has improved every year that he's been in the majors. He also has no problems pitching inside to hitters. He has the potential to be an ace, but many feel that injuries and the inability to take that next step will limit him as a solid second starter.

Most Known For

His most famous performance was the one that earned him the World Series MVP in the 2003 World Series when he tossed a complete game against the New York Yankees on 3 days rest to win the series.

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Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
2001 FLA N 4 4 2 2 1.50 24 9 4 0 0 0 24 14 3 11 0 1 1
2002 FLA N 23 21 6 7 4.10 113 56 49 0 0 0 107.2 93 13 44 2 5 1
2003 FLA N 24 23 9 8 3.04 152 54 48 0 0 0 142 132 9 56 4 6 2
2004 FLA N 26 26 9 9 3.79 152 72 66 1 1 0 156.2 137 16 54 3 5 6
2005 FLA N 29 29 15 8 3.38 166 75 67 2 1 0 178.2 153 14 58 2 5 7
2006 BOS A 33 33 16 11 5.01 158 120 114 0 0 0 204.2 191 36 74 1 11 10
2007 BOS A 30 30 20 7 3.27 194 76 73 1 0 0 200.2 189 17 40 0 3 5
Total NL 106 103 41 34 3.46 607 266 234 3 2 0 609 529 55 223 11 22 17
Total AL 63 63 36 18 4.15 352 196 187 1 0 0 405.1 380 53 114 1 14 15
Total 169 166 77 52 3.74 959 462 421 4 2 0 1014.1 909 108 337 12 36 32

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2001 FLA N P 4 4 24 0 6 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1.000
2002 FLA N P 23 21 107.2 11 9 1 0 0 0 12 5 0 .952
2003 FLA N P 24 23 142 6 19 1 0 0 0 5 5 0 .962
2004 FLA N P 26 26 156.2 4 17 2 0 0 1 5 5 0 .913
2005 FLA N P 29 29 178.2 6 30 1 1 0 1 6 7 1 .973
2006 BOS A P 33 33 204.2 14 24 0 3 0 3 15 1 0 1.000
2007 BOS A P 30 30 200.2 18 12 2 1 0 0 14 6 1 .938
Total P 169 166 1014.1 59 117 7 5 0 5 59 30 2 .962

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2001 FLA N 4 7 1 2 0 0 .286 .286 .429 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
2002 FLA N 23 31 0 1 0 0 .032 .032 .065 1 0 0 21 0 5 0 0 0
2003 FLA N 24 46 3 7 0 3 .152 .170 .196 2 0 1 14 0 5 0 0 1
2004 FLA N 26 44 2 7 0 2 .159 .196 .182 1 0 2 18 0 9 0 0 0
2005 FLA N 29 59 5 9 1 6 .153 .239 .254 3 0 7 17 0 4 0 0 1
2006 BOS A 33 7 2 3 1 3 .429 .429 .857 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2007 BOS A 30 11 1 2 10 1 .182 .182 .273 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total NL 106 187 11 26 1 11 .139 .182 .198 8 0 10 71 0 25 0 0 2
Total AL 63 18 3 5 1 4 .278 .278 .500 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Total 169 205 14 31 2 15 .151 .190 .224 9 0 10 74 0 25 0 0 2

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