is Rick Adair and his relationship to Texas' young pitchers. I've been somewhat ambivalent about this, because I don't like the looks of Smoak's splits, and I think Mike Hindman at BBTiA makes a worrisomely strong case that Smoak will end up a platoon player; but he also has this to say about Beavan:
Back in the fall of 2008, after his first full season, while prospect-watching Rangers fans everywhere were busy wringing their hands over Beavan -- his troubling loss of velocity, the disappearance of his once-scary slider, the inability to miss bats -- there was one person who was oddly thrilled with what the big Texas native was doing: Rick Adair.
Adair, of course, was then the Rangers minor league pitching coordinator. Now, he's Seattle's pitching coach. Suffice to say, that the Mariners have a very intimate knowledge and understanding of the pitcher they just landed. . . .
Much like John Danks was during his rise through this system, Beavan has always been willing to subordinate his stats to the task of erasing flaws and making adjustments. In spite of emerging from the draft as Ebby Calvin Nuke LaLoosh -- cocky and arrogant -- he proved to be one of the most coachable pitching prospects this system has seen over the past decade. Adair loved this about him. It's the quality that allowed Danks to constantly improve through his minor league career and make the necessary adjustments to make himself a quality major league starter. And like Danks, Beavan has proven to be an absolute horse, never missing his turn along the way. Blake Beavan, in all likelihood, will always show up and find a way to get the job done.