Sunday, December 11, 2016

DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #2 Tyler Beede

Tyler Beede, RHP.  DOB:  5/23/1993.  6'3", 210 lbs.  Drafted Round 1, #14 in 2014.

2015 High A:  2-2, 2.24, 52.1 IP, 9 BB, 37 K, GO/AO= 2.44.
2015 AA:  3-8, 5.23, 72.1 IP, 35 BB, 49 K, GO/AO= 1.87.
2016 AA:  8-7, 2.81, 147.1 IP, 53 BB, 135 K, GO/AO= 1.06.

Tyler Beede kind of did a slow fade after his promotion to AA in 2015.  Reports had him losing weight and feeling fatigued from the grind of a pro baseball rotation.  To his credit, he set about in the offseason to get stronger and adopted a personal motto, "Finish Strong!"  Finish strong he did!  There was a 2 game hiccup July where he gave up 14 ER in 10.2 IP. If you were like me, you kind of said "uh-oh, here we go again", but after that he went the remaining 45.2 IP with an ERA of 1.58.  In his next-to-last start of the season, he pitched a 9 inning, CG shutout while allowing just 1 BB and striking out 11.  He reportedy hit 98 MPH on the radar gun in the 9'th inning.

Coming out of college, Beede's repertoire included a 4-seam FB, Curveball and a good Changeup.  For the first half of 2015, the Giants had him throw exclusively sinkers and cutters.  By the end of 2016, he seemed to have a full 5-pitch deck to deal from with excellent results.  Now he just needs to polish that repertoire up, improving command and learning how to sequence pitches and get better hitters out.  He'll get the chance to do just that in AAA Sacramento to start the season.

I'm still on the Beede Bandwagon.  I think he may be as high as #3 on the depth chart for 5'th starter with a chance to pitch his way into it by late May or early June if Matt Cain and Ty Blach prove to be no up to the task.  Chris Stratton may be in the mix after a strong AFL campaign too.  I'll say ceiling is most likely #2/3 SP but  if he can sustain velocities in the mid-high 90's and refine his secondary stuff, he could be an ace in the making.

Note:  Beede is listed at 6'3", 210 lbs in his MILB bio page.  I seem to recall 6'4", 200 lbs in previous listings and Fangraphs still has him at 6'4", not that it likely makes much difference.


  1. Who would you compare him to in the majors if he performs close to his ceiling? A Jordan Zimmermann type maybe?

    1. In terms of results, yes, Zimm is probably not a bad comp. Zimmermann is more big boned and physical. From a physical resemblance standpoint I'm thinking Zack Greinke, Michael Wacha, Jake Arrieta, etc.

  2. The Red Sox DFA'd Williams Jerez when they signed Mitch Moreland on Thursday. Highly touted LH reliever in 2015, he had a disappointing 2016, maybe due to command issues at 24 yo.
    Red Sox purportedly have a good system -- is he just the odd man out like Heston?
    You think the Giants would look at him?

    1. They just signed Matt Reynolds to a minor league deal, so probably not.

    2. They must see something there! Do you?