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Pair of former SF Giants prospects hit the open market for the first time

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Minor league free agency has already begun with three SF Giants players from the 2022 season declaring free agency. They will be joined by a pair of former Giants prospects in pitcher Tyler Beede and outfielder Jaylin Davis.

Pair of former SF Giants prospects hit the open market for the first time

Both Davis and Beede will become free agents for the first time in their careers after finishing the season with the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations, respectively. Davis was claimed by the Red Sox in April after being designated for assignment by San Francisco. He went on the waiver wire two more times this season but went unclaimed both times before becoming a free agent.

Similar to Davis, Beede was placed on waivers by the Giants when rosters were reduced from 28 players to 26 players at the beginning of May. The Giants had used the right-handed hurler sparingly in the first month of the season but they were unable to establish a role for him before hitting waivers.

He was claimed by the Pirates and spent most of the season on the active roster. The 29-year-old pitcher was designated for assignment by the Pirates at the end of September but went unclaimed.

Beede posted a 4.66 ERA with four strikeouts against six walks in 9.2 frames with the Giants to start the season. The hope was that he would find more consistency with an organization like the Pirates that could give him an extended look.

That did not come to fruition as he struggled to the tune of a 5.23 ERA, 4.89 FIP, 1.54 WHIP, 6.1 K/9/, and a 1.52 SO/W ratio in 25 appearances with Pittsburgh. The high strikeout numbers that he tallied earlier in his career seems to have disappeared, which is a bit of a concerning trend.

However, Beede still flashes a four-seam fastball that sits comfortably in the mid-90's that he pairs with a quality curve ball a changeup. Subpar command has plagued him throughout his career, but if he could fill up the strike zone more effectively, Beede could turn into a solid pitcher.

On the other hand, Jaylin Davis did not appear with the Giants in 2022. It was an odd career arc for the right-handed bat in a Giants uniform as he was once talked about as a potential everyday outfielder, but he never received consistent playing time.

Davis did see some playing time with Boston where he recorded eight hits in 24 at-bats but with 11 strikeouts. A high strikeout rate plagued the outfield prospect for much of his pro career and that was an element that the Giants coaching staff hoped that he could fix.

Along with Beede, Davis should have no problem latching on with a new organization this winter as he has a stable track record of success in the upper minors.

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