The MLB draft is underway—and although it does not receive the fanfare of the NFL, it is nonetheless extremely important to the teams and players involved.
The San Francisco Giants selected Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Beede with the 14th overall selection in this year's draft. General manager Brian Sabean and John Barr, who heads up the Giants' amateur scouting department, hope that they have found a future star.
As reported by Nick Cole of The Tennessean, this is actually the second time Beede has been a Round 1 draft pick. He was chosen with the 21st overall selection in 2011 by the Toronto Blue Jays. However, Beede turned down their offer of over $2 million and opted to attend Vanderbilt.
In addition to Beede's skill set and upside, the Giants also considered their ability to sign him. It does them no good to select a stud player that they cannot ink to a contract.
The Giants have some prospects working their way up the minor league system, and this draft will infuse the team with some exciting new talent.
It is too early to rank Beede as a top-10 prospect for the Giants, as he hasn't even signed a contract yet. However, if he does sign and performs well in his first few outings, he will definitely be added to this list.