Joseph Ronald Beimel...has 2 children, Andrew (1/14/97) and Claire (11/16/01)...wears uniform #97 in honor of his son's year of birth...pitched one season at Allegany College in Cumberland, MD and 2 years at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA...was elected to the Dukes Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004...played baseball, football and basketball and wrestled at St. Marys (PA) High School (graduated '95)...grew up as a Pittsburgh Pirates fan...was selected by Texas in the 26th round of the 1996 1st Year Player Draft but did not sign...was the 1st player ever drafted by the Pirates out of Duquesne University 2 years later... signed for the Pirates by Jon Mercurio.
Spent the entire season with AAA Gwinnett in the Atlanta Braves system after signing in May…had a reverse left-right split, allowing left-handers to hit .290 (18x62) and limiting right-handers to a .239 (16x67) average…was the second consecutive season that he didn't appear in the Majors after having Tommy John surgery in 2012.
Went to spring training with the Texas Rangers, was released in March and missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.
Was a non-roster invitee at Pittsburgh's major league
camp...was assigned to Indianapolis (AAA) on April 11 and had 2
scoreless appearances before being purchased by the Pirates on
April 15...his 35 games were fewest since 2005 and 5.33 ERA
was highest ever in a full season...issued a run 10 times and allowed
12 of 35 1st batters to reach base...permitted 10 of 28 inherited
runners to score, had 7 holds, and finished 9 games...was
0-for-2 in save tries with last save coming on June 11, 2009 vs.
Cincinnati...issued 2 runs in 1.0 inning in 1st outing for Pittsburgh,
then posted a 0.97 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in next 10 games to put ERA
at 2.61 through May 11...allowed 5 runs in 3.0 innings in next 7
games before going on the disabled list on May 28 with left elbow
inflammation...pitched 3.1 scoreless innings in 4 games on rehab
assignment at Altoona (AA) before being activated on July 15...
pitched 6.0 scoreless innings in 1st 7 appearances after return before
permitting 7 ER in 6.0 innings in his next 10 contests...was
designated for assignment on August 23 and released on August
30...did not pitch the rest of the year...opponents hit .321, .302
by LHB and .333 by RHB...had a 2.70 ERA (4 ER/13.1 IP) in 20
games at PNC Park but road ERA was 8.25 (11 ER/12.0 IP) in 15
appearances...lone win came on July 24 vs. St. Louis...worked a
season high 2.0 innings, July 26 at Atlanta...pitched less than 1.0
inning 17 times.
Made at least 70 big league appearances for the fourth straight season...Ranked third on Colorado staff in games
behind Matt Belisle (76) and Rafael Betancourt (72)...Signed a minor league contract with Colorado on 3/23 and began season with
Triple-A Colorado Springs...Made two appearances with the Sky Sox before being selected by Colorado on 4/16...Was scored upon
in first game with the Rockies on 4/16 at Atlanta (1.0ip/1er), but then made a career-high 23 consecutive appearances (18.0ip)
without allowing a run thru 6/1; also held opposing hitters to a .183 batting average in the time...Picked up lone win on 5/12 vs.
Philadelphia...Suffered blown save and loss on 7/25 at Philadelphia...Went 1-0 with a 2.28 ERA (27.2ip/7er) in 39 games before
the All-Star break and 0-2 with a 5.19 ERA (17.1ip/10er) in 32 appearances after the break.
Began the season with the Nationals after
signing as a free agent in the offseason before he
was acquired by Colorado on the final day of the nonwaiver
trade deadline...immediately became a member
of the Rockies bullpen for the stretch run...posted
a 4.02 ERA (15.2 ip, 7 er) as a member of the
Rockies...had a 0-1 record in his 26 appearances for
Colorado (charged with one blown save)...used both
as a lefty relief specialist and a setup man by
Manager Jim Tracy...finished season with a 4-outing
scoreless streak...did not allow more than one run in
any appearances over his final 33 games, dating to
7/12...prior to joining Colorado he went 1-5 with a
3.40 ERA (39.2 ip, 15 er) in 45 games for the
Nationals...he did convert one of his 5 save chances
with the Nationals as well... made his Rockies debut
8/1 at CIN, needing only 10 pitches in a scoreless 9th
inning in the Rockies 6-2 victory...gave up his first run as a Rockie the following day, as he surrendered a
solo home run to Joey Votto in the 8th to tie the game...that home run marked his first and only blown save
with the Rockies in 2009 (the Rockies did go on to win that game at CIN 6-4 in 11 innings)...made 3 consecutive
scoreless appearances following the blown save, including a season-and-Rockies-high 1.1 scoreless
innings 8/4 at PHI...allowed runs in 3 straight game 8/11-16; tossed 1.0 full inning in each of those
appearances...from 8/21-30 he tossed 5 consecutive scoreless outings, with 3 of the 5 outings being less
than a full inning...earned his first hold as a Rockie on 8/25 vs. LAD when he came on to face Andrer Ethier
in the 9th inning and struck him out...earned his 2nd hold with Colorado 9/5 vs. ARI when he forced
Stephen Drew to pop out with a runner on 3rd base to end the inning...over his 26 appearances with
Colorado, 19 were scoreless outings...opponents hit .317 (19-for-60) in his time with the Rockies...lefties
went 10-for-33, while righties went 9-for-27...was more successful at Coors Field than on the road, as he
owned a 3.00 ERA in 16 games at the Rockies home park in 2009...was tougher on left-handed batters
than right-handed batters overall in 2009...lefties hit .253 for the season, while righties hit .282...surrendered
4 of his 5 home runs this season to lefties, leading to a .484 opponents slugging percentage against
by left-handed hitters in 2009, compared to a .393 by right-handed hitters.
Capped three-year tenure with the Dodgers going 5-1 with 12 holds and a 2.02 ERA in 71
appearances in finest big league campaign to date...2.02 ERA ranked 9th in MLB among relief pitchers
making at least 50 appearances, 5th among middle relievers, and 2nd among left-handed relievers...did not
sustain a blown save despite leading LAD with 71 appearances...was one of 3 big league relievers in 2008
to not blow a single save despite making 70 or more appearances (PHI's Brad Lidge and HOU's Wesley
Wright made 72 and 71 appearances, respectively, without blowing a save)...worked scoreless ball in 61 of
71 appearances (86 pct.)...worked 1.0 or more innings 25 times, posting a 0.94 ERA in those contests.
In his second season with the Dodgers, appeared in a career-high 83 games, setting a franchise record for a left-handed pitcher and the most by any Major League southpaw in 2007...tied Jonathan Broxton for the team lead in games and the third-most appearances in the National League...broke the previous franchise mark for appearances by a left-hander set by Tom Martin in 2003 (80)...f the 57 runners he inherited, just 10 scored (17.5 percent), the fourth-best percentage in the NL...held left-handed batters to a .188 batting average (18-for-96)...logged his first save of the season on June 3 at Pittsburgh when he replaced an injured Takashi Saito and got the final two outs against the Pirates...since joining the Dodgers in 2006, has averaged 3.12 assists per nine innings (min. 30 chances) which is more than half an assist per game greater than his nearest challengers, Mark Mulder (2.67), Horacio Ramirez (2.37) and Greg Maddux (2.27)...registered a team-high five pickoffs, tying him for the fourth most in the Majors behind Doug Davis (8), Mike Maroth (6) and Wandy Rodriguez (6), all of whom were starting pitchers and had at least 50 more innings pitched than he did...held NL West hitters to a .214 average while posting a 2.78 ERAwithin the division...picked up his only win of the first half on April 10 when he came out of the 'pen and induced the Rockies' Matt Holliday to ground into a 1-2-3 double play with the bases loaded...registered six holds in the first half and was ninth in the NLwith 43 appearances...finished April with a 2.51 ERA(4 ER/14.1 IP) in 13 games and September with a 2.61 ERA(3 ER/10.1 IP) in 15 games...earned the win after firing a scoreless inning on Aug. 10...participated in the Dodgers Dream Foundation Charity Golf Invitational for the second consecutive season on May 24 at Trump National Golf Club...participated in the Dodgers Dream Foundation Bowling Extravaganza, hosted by teammate Derek Lowe, on July 30.
Came to Spring Training as a non-roster invitee and became a staple in the bullpen from May 1 through the end of the season...Set a career-best by posting a 2.96 ERA in 62 appearances, the third-most outings on the team...In his final 12 appearances, allowed one run and posted an 1.32 ERA (2 ER/13.2 IP) in September...Wore uniform No. 97, the highest uniform number in history dating back to 1932...according to club records,
the previous high was No. 77, worn by Charlie Dressen (1940) and Joe Medwick (1940-41) ...Had his contract purchased from Triple-A Las Vegas on May 1...was 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in 10 games for the 51s prior to being called up...Posted a 2.73 ERA (10 ER/33.0 IP) at Dodger Stadium...Held opposing cleanup hitters to an .069 average (2-for-29)...Was 2-1 with a 3.27 ERA (12 ER/33.0 IP) before the All-Star Break and posted a 2.68 ERA in the second half...Did not allow a run in his first 6.1 innings of work on the year...Pitched a season-high 2.2 innings on May 12 at SF, retiring Barry Bonds twice...Earned his first Major League save after working 2.0 innings at San Francisco on May 14...Had a 2-0 record and 2.12 ERA (4 ER/17.0 IP) in the month of May and a 2.08 mark (3 ER/13.0 IP) in August...Allowed just four singles and one double in 39 at-bats (.154) to the following sluggers: Barry Bonds, Garret
Anderson, Brian Giles, Todd Helton, Lance Berkman, Morgan Ensberg, Luis Gonzalez, Vladimir Guerrero,
Geoff Jenkins, Jason Bay, Scott Rolen, Miguel Cabrera, Bobby Abreu, Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell, Jim Edmonds, Shawn Green, Ken Griffey Jr., Adam Dunn and Alfonso Soriano...From June 13 to July 16, a span of 13 appearances and 16.1 innings, allowed just one earned run for an ERA
of 0.56 over that time...Appeared in eight games during the spring, posting a 1.17 ERA (1 ER/7.2 IP) and fanning eight with no walks...Spoke to youngsters at the annual Dodger Youth Baseball Camp at Dodger Stadium.
Spent a majority of the season at Triple-A Durham in the Tampa Bay organization, compiling a 1-2 record and a 3.93 ERA ... Allowed just three home runs and held opposing batters to a .276 batting average at Triple-A ... Was called up to the big league club and made seven appearances out of the bullpen, allowing four earned runs.
Released by Pittsburgh during Spring Training and signed with the Twins on April 11...pitched
for Rochester of the Triple-A International League before being recalled by the Twins on September
7...pitched in 3 late-season contests as Minnesota clinched its third consecutive AL Central crown.
Made career high in appearances and led Pittsburgh pitchers in that category...Posted a 2.57 ERA (35.0ip/10er) at home and an 8.23 ERA (27.1ip/25er) on the road...Had a 3.57 ERA (40.1ip/16er) in 43 appearances before the All-Star break and a 7.77 ERA (22.0ip/19er) after the break...Was scored upon once in his first seven appearances and just twice in first 17 outings...Tossed a scoreless 9th inning in Pittsburgh's 10-1 Opening Day victory @Cincinnati on 3/31...Did not allow a run in five straight outings from 4/11-23 (7.0ip)...Struck out a season-high four batters on 4/11 @Chicago (NL)...Retired each of the six batters he faced on 4/15 vs. New York...Retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced from 4/11-18...Suffered his first "blown save" after allowing one run in 1.2 innings of work vs. Los Angeles on 4/26...Made nine straight scoreless appearances from 4/27 thru 5/12 (5.2ip), lowering his ERA to 2.12...Tossed 1.0 inning of scoreless relief and earned lone win on 5/2 @Los Angeles...Suffered his second "blown save" on 5/16 @Arizona after allowing solo home runs to Rod Barajas and Carlos Baerga (Pirates won 8-5 in 12 innings)...Went 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA (11.0ip/2er) during the month of May...Suffered his first loss after allowing two runs in 0.2 innings of relief on 6/1 @St. Louis...Did not allow a hit in five straight outings (8 at bats) from 5/27 thru 6/4 (game one)...Failed to retire any of the four batters he faced and suffered third "blown save" on 6/24 @Montreal (0.0ip/1r)...Was scored upon in six of his 14 appearances in June...Lost his second decision in Pittsburgh's 2-1, 12-inning loss 7/9 @Milwaukee...Pitched less than 1.0 inning in six straight outings from 7/1-13...Surrendered a season-high four runs on 7/26 @St. Louis...Did not allow a home run in 37 straight outings (34.0ip) before surrendering a three-run homer to Milwaukee's Scott Podsednik and taking the loss on 8/16...Was scored upon in eight of his 10 outings from 8/15 thru 9/9, allowing 12 runs in just 5.0 innings of work...Surrendered a three-run "walk-off" home run to Jim Edmonds on 8/21 @St. Louis...Recorded a team-high five caught stealings and had two pickoffs. ...Opponents hit .299 against him, the third-highest batting average allowed among National League relievers...Went 0-for-5 at the plate...Struck out as a pinch hitter on 9/6 @Atlanta...Allowed 25 of his 53 inherited runners to score (53%), the second-worst percentage among N.L. relievers.
Spent second straight season with the Piratesb&Went 1-4 with a 5.27 ERA in eight starts and 1-1 with a 4.01 ERA in 45 relief appearancesb&Began season in the bullpen and made 10 straight scoreless appearances from 4/1-26 (8.1ip)b&Surrendered first two runs on 4/28 vs. San Diego (game two)b&Held opponents hitless in nine of his first 12 relief outings thru 5/5b&Suffered his first loss on 5/7 @Arizonab&Tossed 3.1 hitless innings and struck out career-high five batters on 5/28 vs. Chicago (NL)...Posted a 1.46 ERA (12.1ip/2er) in his last five relief appearances before joining the starting rotation when Dave Williams was placed on the DLb&Made first start on 6/7 vs. Milwaukee and earned the victory (5.0ip/2h/1er/3so)b&Received no-decision in second start on 6/12 @Anaheim...Suffered his lone bblown saveb on 6/15 @Cincinnati, serving up a three-run homer to Adam Dunn in the 7th inning (Pirates were leading 2-0 at the time)b&Returned to starting rotation on 6/19 and made six straight starts, going 0-4 with a 5.79 ERA (32.2ip/21er) in final five starts thru 7/24...Tied career high with five strikeouts on 6/19 vs. Oakland...Surrendered three homers and walked a season-high six batters in a 10-5 loss @Cincinnati on 7/24...Was replaced in the starting rotation by Brian Meadows on 8/1...Struck out Barry Bonds with the bases loaded on 8/4 vs. San Francisco; the only batter he faced in the game...Walked two and yielded two hits on 8/12 vs. St. Louis while pitching with an infected middle finger on his left hand (0.2ip/1er)b&Allowed three runs and four hits in just 0.1ip on 8/19 @St. Louisb&Made 12 straight scoreless relief outings (8.0ip) from 9/1 thru 9/28b&Picked up second and final win by striking out the only batter he faced (Bobby Abreu) @Philadelphia on 9/13 (Pirates snapped a 3-3 tie with a pair of runs the following inning)b&Was scored upon just once in his last 13 appearances (8.0ip/1r)...The Pirates went 2-6 in his eight startsb&Allowed just eight of his 37 inherited runners to scoreb&Went 3-for-10 with a double and an RBI at the plateb&Picked up lone RBI with a double off St. Louis' Luther Hackman @PNC Park on 7/19.
Spent entire season with Pittsburgh...Was one of only two rookies on the opening day roster (also infielder Jack Wilson). ...Went 4-10 with a 6.43 ERA in 15 starts and 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 27 relief appearances...Made major league debut as a starter on 4/8 @Houston (5.0ip/2r/2er) and won a 9-3 decision over Scott Elarton...Made next 16 appearances in relief and went 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA (28.1ip/9er); was scored upon in just five of those 16 outings...Tossed season-high 3.2 innings of relief (no runs) on 4/20 vs. Chicago (NL)...Singled off San Diegobs Adam Eaton for first major league hit on 4/28 @Qualcomm Stadium...Pitched 3.0 scoreless innings and picked up a win on 5/6 vs. Colorado...Lost first big-league decision on 5/12 @Milwaukee...Returned to starting rotation on 6/7 and made 14 consecutive starts thru 8/27...Hurled 5.0 scoreless frames on 6/7 @Florida...Established career-high of 6.0ip and recorded his final win as a starter on 7/27 vs. Houston...Lost five straight starts from 8/1-27 and seven-of-eight from 7/16 thru 8/27...Made final 11 appearances from the bullpen, going 2-0 with a 4.02 ERA (15.2ip/7er)...Picked up wins in each of his final two appearances on 10/5 and 10/7 @Chicago (NL)...Allowed just three of his 16 inherited runners to score...The Pirates went 4-11 in his 15 starts...Led all Pittsburgh pitchers with a .269 batting average (7-for-26).
Was named to the Carolina League mid-season All-Star team
Ranked seventh in the league with a 3.36 ERA
Led Lynchburg pitchers in complete games and innings pitched
Spent the season with Single-A Hickory
Was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team at mid-season
Began his professional career with rookie-level Erie after being selected by Pittsburgh in the 18th round of the June First-
Year Player Draft