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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 03: Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by Buster Posey #28 after he hit a home run in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park on April 3, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 03: Joe Panik #12 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by Buster Posey #28 after he hit a home run in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at AT&T Park on April 3, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 2: Tyler Beede #38 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park July 2, 2019 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

SP Tyler Beede

Earlier this season, I wrote an article talking about how it was important that the San Francisco Giants trusted the process when it came to rookie right-hander Tyler Beede. He has been groomed to be the future ace of this team and it is finally time for him to start consistently pitching that way.

So far this season, Beede has been having a subpar year. He has posted a 5.64 ERA with 43 strikeouts and 28 walks in 44.2 innings pitched at the MLB level.

While those numbers are far from stellar, he has shown solid improvement in his play, especially as of late. Beede’s most recent start was the best of his young career. Take a look at the stat line from that game compared to his prior career-best outing:

  • June 17 @LAD: W, 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 5 BB, 7 K
  • July 2 @SD: W, 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

The big takeaway here is the walks, or lack thereof in his most recent start. Command is the big question mark with Beede, so seeing him go seven innings without allowing a walk was extremely encouraging.

The 26-year-old was optioned to the minors after that game, but it had nothing to do with his performance and he’ll be part of the rotation to begin the second half.

If Beede can continue his above-average play and strings together more consistent quality starts, he can prove to this team that he can still be that top-of-the-rotation guy going forward. With a mid to high 90’s fastball, plus curveball, and gnarly changeup, he has the tools to be the future ace.

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