Former SF Giants first-round pick placed on waivers by the Pirates

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A former SF Giants first-round pick could be on the move after being designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday. Right-handed hurler Tyler Beede will hit the waiver wire for the second time in 2022 after the Pirates announced a series of roster moves.

Former SF Giants first-round pick placed on waivers by the Pirates

Beede was placed on waivers along with left-handed hurler Dillon Peters. Reliever Eric Stout was recalled to take Beede's spot on the roster.

The Giants kept Beede on the active roster for the first month of the season as rosters were expanded to 28 players to account for the shortened spring training. However, it was clear that the righty did not have a role on the team as Giants manager Gabe Kapler struggled to find innings for the Beede. More often than note, he was used in mop-up duty.

When rosters were reduced back to 26 players, Beede was designated for assignment by San Francisco as it was evident that he needed a change of scenery. Pittsburgh gave him that change as he was scooped up by the Pirates in early May.

Prior to this move, Beede posted a 4.66 ERA with four strikeouts and six walks in 9.2 frames during mostly non-leverage situations with the Giants. However, he received an extended look with the Pirates, registering a 5.23 ERA, 4.89 FIP, 1.54 WHIP, 6.1 K/9, and a 1.52 SO/W ratio in 25 appearances, including five starts.

The high strikeout totals that he demonstrated earlier in his career seems to have disappeared this season. The righty underwent Tommy John surgery in March of 2020 and the road to recovery has been long.

He made one appearance with the Giants in 2021, yielding three earned runs on two hits but it was encouraging just to see him healthy. He struggled to regain his footing in Triple-A last season as recorded a 6.66 ERA with 50 strikeouts against 45 walks in 48.2 frames.

When this season got underway, Beede had a lot to prove to remain with San Francisco and not nearly enough time or opportunity to do so. The control issues that plagued him with the Giants carried over with Pittsburgh.

The 29-year-old has the right attitude and mindset for a baseball player. Hopefully, he can realize some of the potential that twice made him a first-round pick.