2011 Draft: Tyler Beede

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The draft is just 17 days away, so between now and then I’m going to highlight some players individually rather than lump a few together in one post.

Tyler Beede | RHP

Tucked away in the northeast, Beede attends Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts, which is north of Boston and not far from the North Hampshire border. He originally attended Auburn High School in Auburn, Mass., but transferred to Lawrence after his junior year to face better competition. Beede threw a perfect game last week and is committed to Vanderbilt.

Scouting Report
A big bodied righty (6-foot-4, 200 lbs.), Beede stands out for his command of four-pitches. He throws two fastballs (both a four- and two-seamers) anywhere from 89-92 with the occasional 93 right now, but there’s some projection left and reason to believe he could add a tick or two. A changeup is probably Beede’s best offspeed offering, and he also throws a low-70’s breaking ball that sometimes looks like a slider and other times a curveball. The command stems from a sound delivery with a big stride that Beede repeats well. Here’s some video from last summer’s AFLAC All-American Game, and there’s plenty more on YouTube.

Beede is one of those rare prospects that offers the command and polish of a college pitcher with the projection of a high schooler. I think he’s flown a little under-the-radar in this deep draft class in part because he doesn’t get much exposure in a cold weather state. High school guys that have shown command of four pitches are definitely a rare breed. Vanderbilt commitments are always tough to break, but the Yankees have had some success doing so (namely Dellin Betances) and he has expressed interest in turning pro.

Beede was ranked the 30th and 35th best draft prospect by Keith Law and Baseball America in the latest version of their rankings, respectively, but the Vandy commitment and desire for an above-slot bonus could cause him to slide.

Screen cap from the linked NESN article about the perfect game.

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  • boogie down

    Pop him in the 8th! (como Betances)

  • Neil

    MLB teams are making a mistake if they ignore players from the Northeast. Number 2 ranked Vanderbilt knows this as two of their prime players Curt Casali at catcher and Jason Esposito at shortstop are from CT. The Mets look to have a stud in RHP Matt Harvey, also from CT.

    • Thomas

      This batch of great players from NE (especially CT) is a sudden occurrence from the past few years. Before that it was a baseball wasteland for about 20 years.

      BA wrote about it in this (2nd question): http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/prospects/ask-ba/2011/2611625.html (safe)

      Hopefully the good players continue.

      • Ted Nelson

        The question/answer you link to exclusively refers to CT, not the northeast in general…

    • Ted Nelson

      I don’t think teams ignore players from the northeast.

  • Brian

    MLB.com lists his DOB at 09/08/1990. That can’t be right, can it?

  • http://twitter.com/steveh_MandAura Steve H

    Schilling likes him a lot, immediately I don’t.

  • Brian in North Hampshire (formerly New Hampshire)

    Its about time we got some prospects develop from the northeast (new england specifically). Growing up everyone i knew played baseball and of course everyone’s love of the sox had to help. This kid was likely 10 or 11 years old when Boston won in 2004, prime Little League years. As much as I cried from that world series, it may have jump started the baseball development among kids.

    • http://twitter.com/steveh_MandAura Steve H

      Kids from the Northeast are at such a disadvantage with the weather restrictions it’s tough for baseball players to develop. You are probably right though that since 2004 there has been an increased focus on baseball in New England which could certianly help get some more players on their way to bigger and better things in baseball. And hey, we still have Jeff Fulchino, who hit a ball 800 feet off of me when we were 12.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/billreichmann breich315

      I think it’s less about the Sox and more focus on specialized training in the off-season. I could be mis-construing things because I grew up in farm country NY but since kids in the NE can’t play baseball year round, the only way to get better is if there was a place to train year round and I think those centers are growing.

      When I was sophomore in HS (winter of 1998) I started training at Pro Prospects in Monticello, NY. The business had 2 cages and 1 pitching tunnel. They also had like 3 instructors. Now they’re in a new building with like 7 tunnels that are large enough for pitching, hitting, long-tossing. There are numerous coaches and they are booked solid. I think places like this have made it so that kids in the NE can play/train year round and thus honing their skills so that they can compete with kids from the south.

      Apologies if it double posts. Thought I was logged in

  • BigTimeBartolo

    I would definitely be happy if we got this kid in the draft

  • S

    I like very much, I hope the Yanks spare no expense on this guy (hell he’ll probably be a top 10 pick in a few years otherwise)

    Saw the video, his delivery is beautifully deceptive and the fact he has command of several pitches including that intriguing bastard breaking ball….I want to see this guy in pinstripes.

  • CS Yankee

    One would think the BoSox would bite first with them drafting several kids before us, him being a local boy & Theo historically paying above slot.

    • IB6 UB9

      Theo was quoted as saying he was going to make this draft his bitch, so I’d bet this kid is on his radar. At least we’ll get picks back when Soriano opts out.

  • http://vandysports.com Mike Rapp

    FYI, Betances only verballed to Vanderbilt as a negotiating ploy with his hometown Yankees. Vanderbilt cannot offer a scholarship to any potential student athlete until they pass admissions. Betances never even took the step of applying to VU, and therefore was never admitted, let alone signed. Word from inside sources were that he may not have qualified academically, and even if he did he wouldn’t have qualified for a partial academic scholarship — and his family probably didn’t have the money to pay the difference between his partial scholarship and the $45,000 a year VU tuition.

    As such, Betances is not a legitimate example of a high schooler who turned down a Vanderbilt scholarship to sign with a pro team. There never really was much hope he’d end up at Vanderbilt.

    The better example is Kyle Waldrop, who was in the same recruiting class as David Price. The night before the draft Waldrop told VU head coach Tim Corbin he was committed to go to school, and then agreed to sign for a paltry $1 million. Price turned down $1.9 million. Today, Price is one of the top five starters in the Majors, and Waldrop is still sitting in the Twins minor league organization.