Player: Tyler Beede
Drafted by: San Francisco Giants
DOB: 05/23/1993 (Age: 21)
Height/Weight: 6’4”, 215 lbs
Previously Drafted: First round, 2011 (Blue Jays)
Tyler Beede has been a known commodity for several years after the Toronto Blue Jays selected the right-hander with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2011 draft out of a Massachusetts high school. However, with Beede seeking at least $3 million to sign and the Blue Jays offering him $2.4 million, he decided to honor his commitment to Vanderbilt instead of launching his professional career.
After struggling as a true freshman, he turned in a breakout performance in 2013 as a sophomore, winning a school-record 14 games while posting a 2.32 ERA and allowing only 64 hits in 101 innings. Despite his undeniable success, the right-hander continued to struggle with his control and command, as he walked 63 batters (5.6 BB/9) during that span.
Beede appeared to figure things out this year through the first half of the spring, showing an improved feel for the strike zone with his entire arsenal, but his command issues popped up once again in mid-April and have since negatively impacted his draft stock. In total, the right-hander has posted a 3.49 ERA with 92 strikeouts and 41 walks in 90.1 innings this season.
While a strong showing in the opening round of the NCAA tournament could push him back into consideration for a top-10 pick, his up-and-down performance over the last three seasons at Vandy has likely scared away some teams from gambling on his potential early in the first round.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
First-round body and frame at 6’4”, 215 pounds; excellent, clean arm action; generates most of power with upper body; features a smooth delivery but struggles to repeat it with consistency; inability to work from a consistent release point results in subpar command of entire arsenal; simply cannot find the strike zone at times; delivery probably will need to be cleaned up as a professional, though it already has been since he first arrived at Vanderbilt.
Fastball is well above average and an easy plus when he’s around the zone; consistently works in the 91-94 mph range but has shown the ability to reach back from 95-97 mph in the past; fringy command prevents him from locating the pitch as desired and results in too much hard contact when in the zone; when release point is consistent, fastball has good late life and jumps out of his hand.
Flashes plus potential in the mid-to-high 70s; inconsistent release point causes him to frequently spike or bury it before the plate; shows potential to be a swing-and-miss offering with considerable refinement.
Most consistent secondary offering; likely his out-pitch as a professional due to ability to generate whiffs; registers at 81-83 mph; thrown with deceptive, fastball-like arm speed; turns it over to create good fading action; struggles to locate pitch within the strike zone.
Consistently demonstrates more control than command; clean mechanics give him ability to remain around the plate; can throw strikes with all pitches when he’s on.
Command issues can be less pronounced when he’s still generating whiffs; showed more command in high school; inconsistent over last three seasons at Vanderbilt, stems from issues with release point.
MLB Player Comparison: Matt Moore
Although Moore is left-handed, he and Beede both have smooth, fluid mechanics with three pitches that at least flash plus, but they struggle to repeat a consistent release point and efficiently pound the strike zone. Like Moore, Beede has the potential to pitch near the front of a rotation should his command improve as hoped.
Projection: No. 2 or 3 starter
Major Leagues ETA: Mid-2016
Chances of Signing: 80 percent
Beede’s draft stock has fluctuated this spring along with his performances, and it now appears unlikely he’ll be selected in the top 10 after college peers Carlos Rodon, Aaron Nola and Kyle Freeland. While still likely to come off the board somewhere around mid-first round, there’s a slight chance Beede decides to return to Vanderbilt for his senior season with the goal of improving his stock for the 2015 draft.