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16-Year-Old Colombian Pitcher Dominating the Minor Leagues

 Brad McCaffrey - World Baseball Network  |    Jun 29th, 2024 9:58pm EDT

Ángel Beltrán, a starting pitcher from Colombia, is a promising 16-year-old with the potential to revolutionize professional baseball. The Arizona Diamondbacks recognized his exceptional talent and signed him to a minor league contract in January. He debuted for DSL Arizona Black on June 8th, a sign of his readiness to take on the professional baseball world.

In his debut against DSL Mets Orange, Beltran pitched four innings with no hits and four strikeouts, only allowing three walks, which is impressive, especially considering his age. 

Beltrán has wasted no time in making his mark in professional baseball. In his first four games for Arizona Black, the 16-year-old pitcher has shown why he was signed at such a young age. He has proven to be a formidable force on the field with a 3.29 ERA, 11 strikeouts, and a .182 batting average against.

Beltrán’s story is not just about his talent. It is also about his unique family connection. He is the younger brother of Nolan Beltran, a promising prospect for the Philadelphia Phillies who plays for the FCL Phillies. This family tie adds an intriguing layer to Ángel’s story, making his journey in baseball even more compelling.      

Angel’s development is already on an accelerated path, with him in the minor leagues before players in the USA graduate high school. The talent is a rare occurrence and a testament to Beltrán’s exceptional hard work, suggesting that we may see him at higher levels, much younger than we typically see prospects.    

There have been 32 Colombian players that have played in the Major Leagues, and the future of Colombian baseball has Angel and Nolan Beltran all over it. 

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