Q&A: Iowa Cubs' Dallas Beeler talks major league debut, keeping up with Jenks

Dallas Beeler sat down with The Oklahoman and talked about his MLB debut, his improvement and his time at Jenks.
by Jacob Unruh Modified: July 6, 2014 at 11:32 pm •  Published: July 6, 2014
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                 Former Jenks star Dallas Beeler delivers a pitch during his major league debut in June. 
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Former Jenks star Dallas Beeler delivers a pitch during his major league debut in June. AP Photo

Dallas Beeler didn’t look like he was making his major league debut last month for the Chicago Cubs.

The 25-year-old right-hander from Jenks pitched six strong innings in a spot start to open a doubleheader against the Washington Nationals.

Now back with the Iowa Cubs, the former Oral Roberts and Seminole State standout spent the weekend at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark watching the three-game series.

Beeler is 5-3 with a 3.93 ERA this season for Iowa. He threw six solid innings in a win over Omaha on Thursday, putting him on schedule to not make a start in his home state.

Beeler sat down with The Oklahoman and talked about his MLB debut, his improvement and his time at Jenks.

Q: You’ve made one start back with Iowa since your MLB debut. Did you feel any different?

A: “I was really nervous actually. I was almost more nervous for this last start in Iowa than I was in Chicago. It was such a big moment (in Chicago) that I was able to control myself more. I prepped myself for a lot of it. I tried to get all the nerves out the two days before, take everything in so I wouldn’t be too surprised when I was standing on the mound.

“Yeah, the last start I just tried to treat it like any other one. Go out there and throw strikes, and do what I do to try to remain successful.”

What’s a favorite memory of the start in Chicago?

“Pretty much the whole day, man. Just getting to run out to center field before I stretched and everything, everyone’s cheering for you. They don’t know who you are, but they’re still rooting for you. Then, of course, running out for the first inning, picking the ball up, standing on the mound and taking everything in. That was one of the bigger moments.”

You got a hit in your first at-bat in Chicago. You don’t get to hit much in the minors, so describe that experience.

“Given that I don’t have very many hits in my minor league career either, this year I’m starting to heat up a little bit. I had three hits this year already before that. I just went up there thinking when I was on deck, ‘Man, I’m not going to let a pitch go by. I’m swinging first pitch.’ (Washington’s Gio Gonzalez) happened to throw it somewhere around the plate, I just put ball on ball like we’re taught to do in BP, and I hit it and I was like, ‘That’s a base hit, I think.’ It’s just another moment to take in you’ll have for your lifetime.”

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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