Cubs Draft Profile: Tyler Beede

Tyler Beede
  • Position: RHP
  • School: Vanderbilt (College), Junior
  • Bats: R, Throws: R
  • DOB: May 23, 1993 Height: 6-foot-4, Weight: 215

Grades from MLB.com – Fastball: 65 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 60

MLB.com uses the 20-80 scouting scale for future tools: 20-30 – well below average | 40 – below average | 50 – average | 60 – above average | 70-80 – well above average

Tyler Beede has no-hit stuff, the problem is that he has trouble controlling it. Beede, as Baseball America put it, looks the part of a first round draft pick. Beede is a big right hander with a big arm and a big personality that can throw heat. Beede features three above-average pitches that flash as plus offerings.

The big question with Tyler Beede is will he be able to throw enough quality strikes in the majors to get batters out? And that is why Baseball America has him ranked as the fourth best right hander available in the upcoming draft. Beede can get out of “sync” with his delivery which leads to command issues and the walks pile up. Beede projects as a top of the rotation starter if an organization can get ahold of him and make the necessary adjustments to his delivery.

Tyler Beede at times throws a “well-above average fastball.” Beede has touched 97 mph on the gun and comfortably sits in the 92-94 mph. Beede showed improvement with his change-up and scouts have given his change-of-pace “plus grades.” Beede also throws “one of the heaviest curveballs in the draft” in the 80-81 mph range.

The Tribune’s Mark Gonzales downplayed Beede’s relationship with Minor League Pitching Coordinator Derek Johnson. Johnson was Beede’s pitching coach at Vanderbilt during his freshman season.

Tyler Beede was thought to be high on the Cubs’ board before the college baseball season began. Beede appears to have slipped down on several draft boards. In his recent mock draft, Keith Law said the Cubs have “at least have-dozen other possibilities” outside of the top three pitchers (Carlos Rodon, Brady Aiken, Tyler Kolek), Alex Jackson, Michael Conforto and Aaron Nola. Beede could be one of those possibilities. Law has Beede slipping to the Pirates at No. 24. Jonathan Mayo thinks the Mariners might take Beede at No. 6 while John Manuel sees the Brewers selecting Beede with the 12th verall pick in the first round.

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Like Aaron Nola, the Blue Jays selected Tyler Beede in the 2011 draft. Toronto took Beede in the first round (21st pick overall) out of high school (Massachusetts) and like Nola, Beede chose a college in the SEC over pitching in the Blue Jays system. The Jays offered Beede a $2.4 million bonus and Beede was looking for $3 million or more. Beede was actually the fourth high school pitcher selected in the 2011 draft, the first three: Dylan Bundy, Archie Bradley and Jose Fernandez.

Tyler Beede posted a 7-6 record in 14 starts this season with a 3.42 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP. In 84 1/3 innings, Beede surrendered 67 hits with 36 walks (3.84 BB9) and 88 strikeouts (9.39 SO9).

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  • Tony_H

    I wouldn’t mind Beede on an under slot deal.

    • Pat Kolp

      Same. If the top 3 pitchers are gone, I wouldn’t mind the Cubs drafting Beede or Nola for under slot deals at #4.

      • Tony_H

        Nola is interesting as he sounds like he has the highest floor and fastest arrival time frame. I would love for Aiken or Rodon to slip to us.

        • Pat Kolp

          I would love Rodon at #4.

        • BigJonLilJon

          From what I’m reading from the different draftnics/experts….. Nola projects as a 2/3. But also projects to closer to the big’s. He is a safer pick. Beede has better stuff and a more future potential.. a possible 1. For some reason, Beede sounds like Arrieta Jr???

    • cubtex

      If Kolek,Aiken and Rodon are all gone…..I agree

      • daverj

        Unfortunately it’s a 3 player draft at the top … so typical of the Cubs to land the 4th pick in a draft like this. I suspect that neither Beede nor Nola would be willing to sign under slot at #4 as both probably think (along with their agents) that is the right spot for them. I still like Nola with the 4th pick even if it costs slot money. He probably won’t ever be an ace, but should move up the organization quickly and could develop into a #2.

      • Tony_H

        I would take all 3, but it seems Kolek is a distant 3rd with the FO from many reports and that they would prefer an under slot deal for a college arm over taking Kolek. Aiken is gone for sure, but I think Rodon could fall to us. Getting Beede or even Nola at 4 should be good savings that they could use with their 2nd round pick where there should be some really good pitching that fell out of Round 1 but will need more cash to get them.

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  • Tony_H

    Iowa Cubs are on CBS Sports Network right now.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil
    • cubtex

      And they are getting no hit thru 7. It’s contagious throughout the organization.

      • cubtex

        Thru 8 now.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Royals just named…ahem…Dale Sveum their new hitting coach!

        Better send Brett jackson and Vitters and Castro over to KC in a trade.

        • cubtex

          No no hitter.

          • BigJonLilJon

            No hit through 8 2/3….. Cubtex is right. Contagious.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Arismendy Alcantara broke up the no-hit bid in Memphis with two outs in the ninth.

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