NEW YORK -- The Mets started the season with two Rule 5 picks on their 25-man roster. One, second baseman Brad Emaus, has been sold back to the Blue Jays and since traded to the Rockies. The other, reliever Pedro Beato, doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.
Beato, selected from the Orioles in December's Rule 5 Draft, has yet to allow an earned run this season. In 11 innings across eight appearances, the 24-year-old right-hander has struck out eight, walked two and surrendered three runs, all unearned. In Saturday's win over the D-backs, he earned his first Major League hold by pitching a perfect seventh inning.
"I've been impressed ever since he walked into camp," manager Terry Collins said before Sunday's series finale against Arizona. "He's just handled everything. He's not intimidated by anything. He's handled the rookie stuff tremendously. He and [pitching coach Dan Warthen] worked out a couple of things in Spring Training to help his delivery be more sound. He bought into it, and I think you see the results of it all."
"I think it's just the confidence the guys in the bullpen have given me," Beato said. "Just helping me out with the situations and guiding me through and having my routine and doing my job.
"Everybody in the bullpen has done a good job keeping me calm and keeping me on track."
As the least experienced pitcher in the Mets bullpen, Beato is charged with carrying out the pink backpack filled with snacks and other items essential to those who watch the game from beyond the right-field fence. That bag replaced a toolbox that the Mets destroyed in an effort to change their luck.
"Definitely the pink backpack," Beato said when asked which he preferred to carry. "It's gotten us three wins in a row."