August 16, 2012 at 3:09 PM
The Red Sox have acquired right-handed reliever Pedro Beato from the New York Mets, reports Keith Law of ESPN.com. The deal completes the trade earlier in the week that sent catcher Kelly Shoppach to the Mets.
Beato, 25, spent all of the 2011 season on the Mets major league roster after choosing him in the Rule 5 draft. In 67.0 innings over 60 relief appearances in 2011, he went 2-1 with a 4.30 ERA, striking out 39 and walking 27. Beato missed the first two months of the 2012 season with right shoulder soreness, and struggled upon his return, giving up five runs in 4.1 innings over seven appearances before being optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. In 24 Triple-A appearances this year, Beato has a 4.14 ERA and 1.162 WHIP.
Originally drafted with the 32nd overall pick by the Orioles in the 2006 draft, Beato was ranked #99 in Baseball America's Top 100 prospects before the 2007 season. However, as he struggled with the long ball as a starter, his recognition as a prospect fell, and Beato was moved to the bullpen in 2010 at Double-A Bowie. Despite a 2.11 ERA in 49.2 innings that year, Baltimore declined to add him to its 40-man roster, and he was picked up by the Mets. The Red Sox will represent his third organization.
It is expected that Beato, still in his first option year, will be assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Continue to follow SoxProspects.com for information on a corresponding move to make room for Beato on the 40-man roster.
Photo credit: Pedro Beato from MILB.com