The past two seasons the Nationals have spent a devoted good amount of time and money to college players, specifically pitchers. Since 2009, they've spent big on Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen, Sammy Solis, Neil Holland, A.J. Morris, Trevor Holder, and Matthew Grace.
And as great as that has been for their system, they could benefit greatly by adding a big-time high-schooler with tons of potential and a very high ceiling. Tyler Beede would be that player.
Beede is the son of former big-league pitcher who taught him proper pitching mechanics before his ninth birthday, and how to throw a curve before his 13th.
The combination of the top-level tutoring and his own impressive skill-set has allowed Beede to have amazing success wherever he's pitched. He led his tiny Auburn, Massachusetts high school team to a state championship, pitching brilliantly (7-1, 114 strikeouts in 56.1 IP) as a sophomore. And as if that wasn't impressive enough, he decided to transfer to Lawrence Academy to pit himself against tougher competition in preparation for college ball (he's committed to Vanderbilt), or even the MLB draft.
Now at Lawrence, Beede has shone even brighter. He's grown into the role of ace of the Spartan baseball squad, while also playing first-base and he's found time for football, helping the Spartan squad get back to the state championship game on the gridiron.
Beede already has a big-league body at 6'4", 200 pounds, and could stand to add a few inches and a few pounds. He's been clocked as high as 94-mph, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him crack 95 as a senior this season, with even more room for progression as he continues to develop.
The biggest obstacle for Beede could be his strong commitment to Vandy. Still, he should have a huge senior year and that should catapult him into first-round consideration. That, combined with the money available to a first-rounder, and the fact that a draft wage-scale could be on it's way might convince him to go pro while the money is there.