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Jeffrey Ryan Beliveau

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Jeff Beliveau has pitched for Team USA and reached the majors with the Chicago Cubs in 2012.

Beliveau was named Gatorade High School Player of the Year for Rhode Island in 2005. He had a 10-0, 0.71 record as a senior and was MVP of the state championship tournament. Going on to college, he was 6-4 with a 3.40 ERA for the College of Charleston. He fell to 3-2, 4.56 as a sophomore but fanned 74 in 73 innings. Transfering to Florida Atlantic University, he had a 5-4, 4.62 record and struck out 78 in 76 2/3 IP. His 6.4 hits per 9 innings pitched was 20th in NCAA Division I at the end of the regular season. The Cubs took him in the 18th round of the 2008 amateur draft; Rolando Pino was the scout.

Beliveau split his first pro campaign between the AZL Cubs (1 R in 2/3 IP) and Boise Hawks (2-1, 2.60, 51 K, 28 BB in 34 2/3 IP). Only 2008 All-American Rob Musgrave had a better K/9 ratio in the Northwest League that summer. In 2009, Jeff was 5-4 with 3 saves and a 3.54 ERA for the Peoria Chiefs, striking out 117 in 96 2/3 IP. Among Midwest League hurlers with over 70 innings, no one had a better K/IP rate. In 2010, the lefty pitched for Peoria (2 R, 23 K, 6 H in 11 1/3 IP) and the Daytona Cubs (4-2, 2 Sv, 2.89, 74 K in 53 IP). He remained a strikeout machine in 2011 with Daytona (0-1, 2 Sv, 0.52, 20 K in 17 1/3 IP) and the Tennessee Smokies (6-1, 3 Sv, 1.89, 37 H, 69 K in 57 IP, while cutting his walk rate, with only 13). He had a 0.93 WHIP and 1.57 ERA in 53 games for the season. Through 2011, he had struck out 355 in 270 2/3 innings.

Beliveau joined Team USA for the summer of 2011. He made three appearances in the 2011 Baseball World Cup, when the US won Bronze (tied with Team Canada when the Bronze Medal game was rained out). The Providence native allowed one run in 4 1/3 IP while striking out 7. He pitched against Taiwan (relieving Andy Van Hekken in a win), the Netherlands (replacing Justin Cassel, replaced by Scott Patterson in a 7-5 loss that was largely due to starter Matt Shoemaker and not the bullpen) and Australia (getting the win in relief of Drew Smyly in a 2-1 decision). In the 2011 Pan American Games, he and Randy Williams were the only portsiders in the US bullpen. Beliveau tossed a perfect outing, fanning two, in his first game. In his second appearance, he entered in the 8th inning of the Gold Medal game with a 2-1 deficit against Canada, succeeding Van Hekken. Beliveau allowed one hit in a shutout inning and was replaced by Pete Andrelczyk in the 9th; Canada wound up winning by the 2-1 margin.

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