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An abnormal release point doesn’t mean anything without results. Ben Beutel has them.

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2024 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 72: Ben Beutel

A funky delivery has overmatched his early pro foes

Ben Beutel

Left-Handed Relief Pitcher
165 pounds
Age: 24
2023 High Level Kannapolis (Low-A)
Age relative to high level +1.4 years
SSS rank among all left-handed relievers in the system 3
Overall 2023 stats 7-4 ⚾️ 2 saves ⚾️ 29 games (11 finishes) ⚾️ 52 IP ⚾️ 3.12 ERA ⚾️ 1.250 WHIP ⚾️ 47 K ⚾️ 15 BB

Beutel signed with the White Sox as free agent after going undrafted in 2022. The lefty was seldomly used through his first two seasons with the Iowa Hawkeyes in 2020 and 2021 after struggling through most of his appearances, but it all came together for him in 2022 when he posted a 1.47 ERA and a 2.47 FIP with four saves. Beutel also won a Rawlings Gold Glove, as the nation’s top defensive pitcher.

Beutel’s fastball sits only in the mid-80s, but his sidearm delivery makes it very deceptive. However, it’s his slider that represents his best overall pitch. College bats hit worse than .100 against it in 2022 largely in part to Beutel’s funky release angle that creates an extremely abnormal horizontal approach angle.

Beutel pitched all of 2023 in Kanapolis, where had a lot of success — a 3.12 ERA backed up by a 3.24 FIP. He had a 22% strikeout rate, a 55% ground ball rate, and surrendered just one homer over 52 innings pitched.

Beutel’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Walks 88
K/BB 81
vsPower 59
Hittable 59
Strikeouts 51
Durability 49

Don’t be surprised by an aggressive assignment to Double-A Birmingham, as the lefty will open the 2024 season at 24 years old. He has a shot to eventually carve out a role in the White Sox bullpen if he can continue to maximize his abnormal release point traits.

2024 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

72. Ben Beutel, LHRP
73. Stiven Flores, C
74. Adrian Gil, 1B
75. Yohemy Nolasco, RHRP
76. Ben Norman, LF
77. Josimar Cousín, RHSP
78. Juan Gonzalez, C
79. Chris Lanzilli, LF
80. Alex Speas, RHRP
81. Fraser Ellard, LHRP
82. Garrett Wright, RHRP
83. Duke Ellis, CF
84. Mathias LaCombe, RHRP
85. Godwin Bennett, RF
86. Rikuu Nishida, LF
87. Caden Connor, LF
88. Zach Franklin, RHRP
89. Jeremy González, LHSP
90. Jerry Burke, RHRP
91. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
92. Mikey Kane, 3B
93. Carlton Perkins, RHSP
94. Tyler Neslony, LF
95. Drew Dalquist, RHSP
96. Jason Matthews, SS
97. Jonathan Stiever, RHSP
98. Tommy Sommer, LHSP
99. Daniel González, LHRP
100. Eduardo Herrera, 3B

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