Salt Lake City, Utah —— At the top of this post, watch one of our scouting videos of San Francisco Giants #1 prospect, right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede, taken from his April 14, 2017 start on the road for the Sacramento River Cats against the Salt Lake Bees.
This was Beede’s second start of the year in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, and he threw 4.0 innings, allowing 6 earned runs on five hits and four walks, with three strikeouts and one home run allowed. He threw 78 pitches (41 for strikes), and got eight groundouts and no flyouts during the outing.
Tyler Beede scouting report notes
Tyler Beede’s fastball sat 92-93 mph throughout the start for the most part, and he hit as high as 95 mph on two different two-strike counts. His fastball itself was fairly flat throughout the entire start, and he had difficulty locating it to the corners of the zone. Too often it found the middle of the plate, and the result was hard contact and a few loud line drives. His sinker had better feel, and that helped create his exceptional 8:0 GB:FB ratio on the evening. Furthermore, three of his five hits allowed came on the ground, which is not a bad trait to have in the hitter-friendly PCL. Sinker aside, though, the four-seam was not as refined on this start.
His off-speed stuff had a more difficult time on the Friday evening start; Beede consistently spiked his curveball and had trouble finding the zone with it for a strike early in the count. The changeup, too, would fade out of the zone too far and Salt Lake hitters for the most part didn’t bite much on what looks to be an above-average off-speed offering. It’s possible these two pitches were affected a bit by the fact that he was pitching at altitude in Salt Lake, but on Friday night, for whatever reason, they just weren’t there.
All that said, Beede’s maturity through a tough start still stood out, and he remained consistent and composed on the mound with no outward emotion. That’ll serve him well in the PCL, and even better than that whenever he reaches the big leagues.
This was a forgettable start for Beede, who by all accounts is more refined and impressive on most nights than this one. That happens occasionally. We’ll see him later this summer and have updates on more from him when we do.
Tyler Beede scouting report video
We’ve got a lot of Tyler Beede video, so we split it down into two different YouTube videos; here is the first half of his start on Friday at Salt Lake:
And for our second Tyler Beede video, here’s the second half of that Salt Lake start for the San Francisco Giants’ top prospect: