24-Year-Old Pitcher – San Francisco Giants
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Beede no longer pitches with a plus fastball -- the pitch sat in the low-90s last year -- and he still lacks even average command of his four-pitch repertoire. Had he made any positive strides at all,...
Tyler Beede Contract Information:
Signed a $2.65 million contract with the Giants in July of 2014.
Beede is in the running for a spot in the Giants' rotation entering spring training, Chris Haft of MLB.com reports.
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San Francisco Giants Roster
MajorsBelt, Brandon (1B)
AABednar, Brandon (SS)
A+Agosta, Martin (P)
AAdon, Melvin (P)
RookieCanario, Alexander (OF)
Tyler Beede: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Beede -- a first-round pick in 2014 -- had a bounce-back campaign after a down 2015 season. The right-hander posted a respectable 2.55 K/BB ratio while showing an ability to keep the ball in the park (0.55 HR/9). Beede also saw his fastball top out at 98 mph after seeing a slight decrease in velocity the year prior. In addition to his straight four-seamer, Beede also throws a power sinker, a curveball and a changeup. The difference in velocity from his fastball to low-80s changeup is very appealing when considering his potential to have success at the major league level. He will have to limit his walks, but he did lower his walk rate from 4.4 BB/9 in 2015 to 3.2 BB/9 last season. With both Phil Bickford and Adalberto Mejia dealt at the trade deadline, Beede is easily the Giants' top pitching prospect heading into 2017. The Giants will likely assign Beede to Triple-A Sacramento to begin the season.
It was a tale of two seasons for the highly-touted pitching prospect. After getting off to a solid start at High-A San Jose (2.24 ERA, 6.4 K/9, 1.6 BB/9 in nine starts), Beede was promoted to Double-A Richmond where his numbers took a dip (5.23 ERA, 6.1 K/9, 4.4 BB/9 in 13 starts). While the difference in ERA is concerning, a little luck may have been involved, as his FIP (3.43 with San Jose compared to 4.21 with Richmond) suggests there was not as drastic of a difference in his performance at the two levels. Still, the lack of control is a bit concerning for a guy that doesn't strike out a ton of batters. If he hadn't taken a step back after his promotion, there would be talk of having him possibly join the starting rotation at the beginning of the 2016 season, but a more likely scenario would be a return to Double-A Richmond to see if he can regain his control.
The Giants have a history of aggressively pushing talented pitchers selected in the first round up the organization ladder, and Beede could be next in line. The 14th overall pick in 2014 out of Vanderbilt, the 6-foot-4 righty has a mid-90s fastball and solid secondary arsenal, but limiting his walks will be the key for his development in 2015. In 15.1 innings between rookie ball and the Northwest League, the 21-year-old showcased both his ability to miss bats and his propensity for walking batters, posting a 18:7 K:BB ratio and a 2.93 ERA. He will probably be sent to Low-A Augusta to start the season, and despite winning the 2014 World Series, the Giants lack starting pitching depth, so he will be promoted rapidly if the team thinks he can handle it. If everything works, Beede could be a mid-rotation starter for the Giants at some point in 2016.