Mets autograph collection: Pedro Astacio & Pedro Beato
Continuing the look at autographed baseball cards in my collection that I never got around to posting:
Pedro Astacio was a starting pitcher for the 2002 and 2003 New York Mets. In his first year in New York, Astacio led the league in home runs allowed and hit batsmen, but he was very good up until the end of August. On Aug. 10, Astacio was 11-4 with a 2.95 ERA. He finished the season with a 12-11 record and 4.79 ERA. Injuries limited Astacio to just seven starts in 2003.
In 2004, Astacio resurfaced with the World Series champion Red Sox. Although he was not on the post-season roster, he did appear in five games out of the bullpen at the end of the season. His major league career lasted for 15 years from 1992-2006, during which he pitched for 8 teams and won 129 games.
I believe this was a purchase from COMC.com a couple of years ago.
Pedro Beato was a reliever for the New York Mets in 2011 and 2012 who grew up in Brooklyn as a Mets fan. He was selected from the Baltimore Orioles in the Rule 5 draft prior to the 2011 season, and the Mets had to keep him on their major league roster all year or return him to the Orioles. Beato got off to a good start – he didn’t allow an earned run until May 22 – but he struggled to find consistency for the rest of the season. In 2012, Beato just struggled.
The Mets traded him to the Boston Red Sox for catcher Kelly Shoppach on Aug. 16. He appeared in four games for Boston and is currently on the Red Sox 40-man roster.
I purchased this card from an eBay dealer for $1 shortly after Beato joined the Mets’ organization. I’m not sure if I was ever able to upgrade to a card that shows him in a Mets uniform.