The San Francisco Giants are almost certainly finished spending this offseason, which means we won’t be getting that starting pitcher I’d have hoped for.
They’ve tried too hard to improve this team while staying under the cap to now go out and get another mid-to-top of the rotation arm. Now that we know that’s the case, let’s look internally for the solution. And I think/hope it will come from a once promising prospect in Tyler Beede.
Twice a first round draft, and once a top 100 prospect by MLB.com, a rough 2017 season aided by injury has put a bad taste in people’s mouth towards Beede.
But before the 2017 season, the right was on track to be a solid major league starting pitcher.
In 2014 he had a 2.93 ERA between rookie and Low-A ball. The following season he posted a 3.97 ERA in 22 starts between High-A and Double-A.
He spent all of 2016 at Double-A where he had a 2.81 ERA over 24 starts with 135 strikeouts in 147.1 innings pitched. That year set him for a look in spring training and a shot to be called up during 2017.
But like most of 2017 for the Giants, things didn’t work out as planned.
Beede posted a 4.79 ERA at Triple-A in 19 starts before going down with an injury. At that point just about everyone gave up on the thought of him having a huge impact at the major league level.
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However, he gave us a sign of hope in the Arizona Fall League. After a rough first start coming off the injury, he finished with three strong outings.
Now as we prepare for spring training I think Beede is one of the most interesting players to watch. If he comes out and throws the ball well like I know he’s capable of, we could be looking at a real boost in the starting rotation.
But even if that’s not the case and he begins the year in Triple-A, which I would prefer, I think he could go down there and regain his confidence before coming up.
Beede turns 25 in May, so it’s really now or never if he’s going to make an impact with the Giants.
I would imagine the Giants probably floated his name out there in trades this offseason, and nobody took the bait.
I would love nothing more than for Beede to come out on fire this year and prove that he can be an impact arm at the major league level.