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Friday, February 25, 2011

Lennon: Pedro Beato is "pretty much a lock" to make the Mets

David Lennon of Newsday believes that Rule 5 draft pick Pedro Beato is "pretty much a lock" to make the Mets.

Beato was the No. 32 pick in the 2006 draft, but his stock dropped since then and he was converted to relief. He was plucked from the Orioles in the second round of the Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a 2.11 ERA and 50/19 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings with Double-A Bowie last season. He could mop up innings as the last man in the Mets bullpen this season.

Beato, who threw a live batting practice session Wednesday, was throwing hard enough and well enough to impress manager Terry Collins, the Bergen Record reports.

As a Rule 5 pick, the Mets have to keep Beato on the roster the entire season or put him through waivers and offer him back to the O's.

Beato will be given every chance to stick as a power arm out of the pen.

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