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Jalen Beeks promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket

The lefty reaches the final rung of the minor-league ladder.

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The Red Sox have made another promotion in the minors, with left-handed pitcher Jalen Beeks getting the call from Double-A Portland up to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Beeks is a lefty, despite the PawSox tweet saying otherwise.

A former 12th round pick in 2014, the 23-year-old southpaw has been electric in his second go-around in Portland. He’s tossed 49 13 innings over nine starts with the SeaDogs and has put up fantastic results in that time. He has 58 strikeouts to 22 walks while posting a 2.19 ERA.

For as great as the results have been, there are still questions about Beeks’ future in the majors. Given the stuff and the results he’s posted in the minors, there’s a good chance at a major-league future. The question is whether it will come out of the bullpen or in the rotation. He’s on the smaller side in terms of stature and has a little too much noise in his delivery — although he’s appeared to simplify things this season — which could combine to shorter stints being in his future. However, he’s had too much success as a starter to remove him from that role at this point. If he can continue pitching like this with Pawtucket, you can bet the Red Sox will give him a chance to start in the majors. Only when he proves he can’t do it will he be moved over to a relief role.