Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Beede was selected 14th overall by the San Francisco Giants in tonight’s major league baseball draft.
Beede first gained notoriety in 2011, when he wanted a 3 million dollar signing bonus. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted him 21st overall in the 2011 draft, but he decided to attend Vanderbilt University instead after the Blue Jays refused to give him enough. He was the only first round pick of 2011 not to sign.
Beede went 23-12 with a 3.17 ERA in three years as a starter for Vanderbilt.
He was dominant in his sophomore year of 2013, going 14-0 with a 2.10 ERA. Beede made the All-SEC team that year, and was also a first team All-American. His 14 wins were a school record. Yes, even more than current MLB star David Price had when at Vandy.
Vanderbilt made the NCAA tournament in 2013 behind the strength of Beede’s stellar season. Beede took his only loss of the season against Lousiville in the super regional round. He lasted just 2.2 innings in the loss.
Beede has always had command issues, which likely impacted his draft position. Even in his breakout season of 2013, he walked 64 batters in 101 innings pitched. He only allowed 64 hits. His control improved marginally this year, but he still issued 41 free passes in 90.1 innings.
Beede has some consistency issues with his mechanics. The Giants likely believe that they can fix his command woes by getting him to a consistent release point. If they can, he could be a steal at 14.
Most recent mock drafts had him going in the early 20′s.
San Francisco has had some success with pitchers with unorthodox deliveries. They harnessed some guy named Tim Lincecum, remember?