Jairo Beras

28-Year-Old PitcherP
Texas Rangers A
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$Signed a contract worth $4.5 million with the Rangers in July 2012.
Move to mound made official
PTexas Rangers  A
June 26, 2017
Beras will work exclusively as a relief pitcher going forward, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Highly regarded when he signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, Beras hasn't reached his potential at the plate during his time in the minors. He was suffering through a second straight underwhelming campaign at High-A Down East, hitting .227 while striking out in 34.4 percent of his plate appearances. Conversely, the outfielder has always been lauded for his strong throwing arm, and he turned heads with an upper-90s fastball when the Rangers gave him an opportunity to pitch an inning of relief during a game in May. He's since spent the last month receiving further coaching on the mound while continuing to play the outfield regularly, but the Rangers now seem committed to developing him as a pitcher. Beras' conversion isn't likely to yield fruitful results immediately due to the nuances of the craft, but his raw tools certainly make him an intriguing project for the Rangers to mold over the next few seasons.
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The 21-year-old Beras experienced a power surge in 2016, though it remains to be seen whether his newfound home run stroke is for real, or if Beras was merely able to take advantage of his surroundings. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound righty clubbed 22 home runs in 107 games, but he played for High-A High Desert in the hitter-friendly confines of the California League. Plate discipline remains a concern for Beras as well, as he fanned 121 times while drawing just 24 walks in those 107 contests. Beras hit .262 on the year, and must prove he can be a little more patient at the dish as he ascends to the higher levels. Otherwise, he may have problems hitting for average. Beras will likely start the 2017 campaign at Double-A, working on making more consistent contact. This year will be the real indicator of the future potential for Beras.
It is not a stretch to say that physically Beras looks like a right-handed Nomar Mazara. They have similar power potential, the same open stance, similar size, similarly massive international signing bonuses, and they are each quite young for their respective levels. Before 2015, Beras had yet to show significant promise since signing a huge $4.5 million bonus back in 2012. However, last year he hit .291/.332/.440 with nine homers and nine steals in 350 plate appearances while being 18 months younger than the average player in the South Atlantic League. It’s quite possible that Beras had already been discarded in dynasty leagues after a subpar 2014, or that he had been forgotten about, as he had been relatively quiet in the four years since signing. However, he should be back on everyone’s radar now. It will still be several years before he reaches the majors, but few players in the lower levels can match his power potential. The 6-foot-5 outfielder should head to High-A for his age-20 season.
Beras' pro career finally got started in July, after he served a one-year suspension handed down due to some questions about his birth year when Texas signed him back in 2012. His season didn't last long thanks to a broken bone in his hand, but he did manage to flash some decent pop in limited time in the rookie league (six extra-base hits in 64 at-bats). He was considered the top talent on the international market when he signed back in 2012, so his first full season of pro ball will be worth following. He'll likely head to Low-A Hickory to begin 2014.
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Could transition to pitching
PTexas Rangers  A
May 17, 2017
Beras, 22, could permanently move from outfield to pitcher after impressing in his debut on the mound for High-A Down East on Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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July 30, 2013
Beras (hand) is expected to be sidelined until the Fall Instructional League after suffering a broken hamate bone, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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July 3, 2013
Beras' professional career began Tuesday following the completion of his one-year suspension.
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July 12, 2012
Beras' $4.5 million contract with Texas will be upheld by the MLB, but he will be suspended for a year after lying about his age, Yahoo!'s Tim Brown reports.
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May 17, 2012
Sources indicate that the investigation to determine the legality of Beras's signing with Texas will be wrapped up soon, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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