Tyler Beede – An Unsignable Luxury
Once a first-round pick of the Blue Jays, right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede did not sign after being selected 21st overall in the 2011 draft. Instead, he chose to sign in 2014, when he was again selected in the first round, this time 14th overall, by none other than the San Francisco Giants.
Beede, now 25, is currently ranked as San Francisco’s number seven prospect on MLB Pipeline’s updated prospect report. In 2018, he served primarily as a member of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, logging 74.0 innings and carrying an abysmal 7.05 ERA. Though he did log five good innings at High-A San Jose (1.80 ERA, 4 K, 3 BB, 0.800 WHIP) and a single scoreless inning with the Rookie-level Arizona League Giants Orange, those sample sizes are quite small.
This season, he also managed to break into the big leagues for the first time in his career, though he didn’t fare all that well, pitching to an ERA of 8.22 in 7.2 frames spread across two starts. He struck out nine and walked eight with the Giants in early April.
Though Beede hasn’t been a productive member of the system thus far, he has shown signs of promise. In 2016, with the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League, he pitched to an ERA of 2.81 in 147.1 innings, boasting a FIP of 3.48 and an xFIP of 3.58. Still, Beede serves as just another inconspicuous link between the Blue Jays and Giants organizations.