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Saturday, June 07, 2014

A look at Giants' top pick Tyler Beede

One of the bright spots coming out of an otherwise dreary 2013 season was the fact, thanks to the 10-game below .500 finish, the Giants ended up with a decent slot in this year's amateur draft.

With the 14th overall selection in the first round, the Giants nabbed one of the top collegiate arms in the draft in University of Vanderbilt ace Tyer Beede. The Junior right-hander was the 12th ranked prospect in this years draft, according to Baseball America, and was selected in the first round once before in 2011. Needless to say, the hype is there and the expectations will be big. He's got the size, at 6'4" and 215 pounds, the power arm (fastball averages 93-94 and tops out at 97) and already has some pretty nice secondary stuff as well. Coming into this season, he was projected to go as high as the top-5, but a slow start knocked him down about 10 spots, making him a great value pick for the Giants at 14 after some feel they "reached" on shortstop Christian Arroyo last year. He exactly why the Giants were so high on him in his last start before the draft on May 31st vs. Xavier, striking out 14 batters and allowing just 4 hits over 8 shutout innings. The reason why he was so hyped coming into the year was because he was coming off a 14-1, 2.37 ERA, 103 K line (over 17 starts and 101 innings) in sophomore season. His Junior year, while solid, wasn't nearly as dominant, as he's gone 8-7 with a 3.20 ERA.

He has cut down on his free passes, which is really the only glaring weakness in his game at the moment. He's allowed 138 BB in 271 collegiate innings. When he gets in trouble, it's usually a command issue, as opposing hitters are hitting for a ridiculously low average off him, but his WHIP doesn't quite reflect that just because of all the walks he allows. Needless to say, this guy's pure upside, coupled with his past dominance screams great pick. Plus, you mix that with the fact that the Giants have had great success with first round pitchers this last decade really should have fans feeling pretty good about this selection. Here's a video of the kid throwing an inning, as you can really get a good idea of his smooth, compact delivery and his electric arm.

Overall, I like the pick a lot. The MLB draft is a value based draft and I feel like the Giants got great value and a kid that has a more than legit shot at making the big leagues and being a factor at that next level. It wouldn't surprise me if this kid is ranked as the Giants top prospect for 2015 if he signs quickly and can get some professional time under his belt this summer.
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