Royals Receive West Coast Help to Bolster Pitching Staff
West Coast right-hander Nick Beardsley has chosen the Winchester Royals as his last stop in his summer league baseball career.
Photo: Nick Beardsley during his last start April 1 vs. OCU (Sam Robinson).
A native of California, he experienced an exceptional season at Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA) that sparked major interest from the Royals’ coaching staff.
Beardsley features a power fastball that can hit up to 90 mph as well as a devastating curveball and slider combination that keeps opposing hitters off balance. In his sophomore season for the Pioneers, he pitched his way to a 5-1 record with a 1.93 ERA in over 60 innings pitched.
In nine starts, three of them were complete games, with two ending in shutouts. Beardsley held his opponents to a measly .180 batting average while striking out 66 batters on his way to an all-River States Conference second team selection. After seeing only two starts his freshman year, he enjoyed a massive breakout year this past season and has catapulted himself to the top of the rotation entering his junior season.
“It has been good so far. The team is doing well and the coaches are good. I’m enjoying it,” said Beardsley, speaking of his college baseball experience up to this point.
Before heading all the way to the Steel City to compete at an NAIA Division I program, Beardsley pitched for South High School in Torrance, CA. He could have stayed home, as he garnered interest from numerous NCAA Division III schools in California upon graduating; but he knew Point Park was the ideal school that fit his mindset.
“The coach was really interested. It seemed like the best fit.”
It was the same situation with the Royals. He could have gone back home to play in the same summer league he had always played for, but Winchester is a new opportunity for Beardsley to showcase his talents to a different audience.
“I was talking to my coaches and friends, and it seemed like the best idea,” said Beardsley.
Now one year removed from his breakout sophomore campaign, he is focused on doing much of the same to repeat last year’s success. However, it is easy to fall into a slump in the ensuing season.
“I have to keep telling myself to try not to compare [last year]. Every season is going to be different. The success I will be grateful for.”
As he prepares to bring his talents to Northern Virginia, he will look to make an immediate impact on the team and be the guy they turn to in high leverage situations.
“I want to be the first guy in a big game start,” said Beardsley. Other than that, he has high hopes of a successful season not only for him, but the Royals as well.
“I want the lowest ERA, most wins; things like that.” Needless to say, Beardsley will be a major contributor to the Royals’ success. Expect to hear his name called upon in numerous occasions throughout the season.