San Francisco Giants: Five Spring Training Disappointments
With their starting rotation depth thin, the Giants were hoping Beede would force himself into one of the five spots.
But that didn’t happen this spring.
The 24-year-old Vanderbilt product was highly regarded when he was selected by the Giants in the first round of the 2014 draft.
After posting a 2.24 ERA in nine starts with the San Jose Giants in 2015, he struggled last year in AAA Sacramento. With the River Cats, he went 6-7 with a 4.79 ERA in 19 starts, giving up 121 hits in 109 innings.
But he never had a chance to redeem himself. As he warmed up for his 20th start, he injured his groin and missed the rest of the season.
With the Giants originally relying on Ty Blach and Chris Stratton for the fourth and fifth rotation spots, Beede had a chance to bring himself into the conversation.
But in four outings (8.1 innings) this spring, he had a 10.80 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP.
Beede will have another chance with the River Cats this year to show he’s ready for the big stage.
And he’s got the backing of Giants Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Brian Sabean.
Here’s what he told KNBR last month:
"“To me personally who set eyes on Beede three times last year — three different starts — and what he’s done here in the offseason to get ready, how he’s throwing the ball in the bullpen, the early talk of the pitching coaches here — this guy is gonna be in the big leagues before we blink our eye.”"