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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