Tyler Beede Scouting Report

Tyler Beede Scouting Report

Tyler Beede Scouting Report

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Tyler Beede is a guy who the San Francisco Giants have to be happy fell to them as the 14th pick in the first round of the 2014 draft. Heck, Vanderbilt had to be happy to have his services for a few years while they succeeded in their 2014 College World Series run. Beede was drafted in the first round, 21st overall, by the Blue Jays in 2011. He was the only first rounder not to sign that year. With a 6’4” 215 pound frame, and a big fastball out of high school, it’s easy to see why scouts would love the young right-hander.

What’s exciting about Beede is he displays three above average pitches. The big fastball can top out at 97 mph, but he’s consistent with it at 92-94. His other superior pitches are his sharp curveball and changeup. Both sit in the low 80 mph range. However, he has had problems locating all three pitches. The Giants will have their hands full trying to get him to repeat his delivery, which is the source of his control problems. What’s further concerning is a report from prospect guru Keith Law in that there could be structural damage in his shoulder due to an unclean arm action. Clearly he has the stuff, but still lacks the polish you would come to expect from a college pitcher.

Beede’s college career was not without it’s ups and downs. As a freshman he went 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA, which was good enough to be named to the All-SEC freshman team. His sophomore season was his breakout. Out of the gates, he won his first 14 starts. He finished the year 14-1 with a 2.32 ERA, and 103 strikeouts in 101 innings pitched. Such shiny numbers earned him a selection to be a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howard Trophy. With big things now expected of Beede, things did not go as smoothly for him in his final season with Vandy. He finished 8-8 with a troubling 4.04 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 103.1 innings pitched. Vanderbilt won the College World Series that year, despite a poor outing from Beede on the big stage. In the finals against Virginia he allowed six runs on a career high 10 hits with three walks and four strikeouts. However, he did his part in helping them reach that pinnacle. In the NCAA Regional opener against Xavier, Beede struck out a career high 14 in eight scoreless innings allowing only four hits.

Tyler Beede

Much like his junior college season, Beede’s professional season has flashed the potential of an ace. Currently, the 22 year old struggled with his promotion to AA ball with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. He sported a 2-7 record with an ugly 4.72 ERA. His K/BB ratio is poor at 40/30 across 61 innings. This is coming off the heels a successful stint in A ball with the San Jose Giants. The Cal League is known to be hitter friendly, so the 2.24 ERA and 37/9 strikeout to walk ratio is encouraging.

The Giants will be looking for more consistency out of their young right-hander as he prepares for 2016. A September call-up would be out of the question as he amassed a lot of innings his last two seasons with his College World Series experience. The ace potential is there, and the Giants likely see that given their temperament during trade season. Rumors swirled around Beede, but the Giants held on to him as they wait to see what they have in him. Much like fellow Giant top prospect Kyle Crick, they are going to have to find a way to cut down on the walks in order to truly tap into his massive potential. Also like Crick he could find himself as a reliever if the control does not improve. Still we are talking about a 22 year old in AA in his first season of pro ball, so there is time to right the ship. If things click for him this season, like they did in his sophomore collegiate season, we could see Beede as a 2016 September call-up and an eye on a spot in the 2017 rotation.

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