You could sense that this move was coming, especially after another rough outing on Wednesday night. Tyler Beede's SF Giants career is likely over after being designated for assignment on Thursday to make room for Zack Littell.
Tyler Beede's SF Giants career is likely over
Beede made the club out of camp due in part to the fact that he did not have any minor league options remaining. The Giants were hoping that he would be able to carve out a role in the bullpen but that did not come to fruition.
The right-handed hurler was used exclusively in non-leverage situations and continued to struggle with control. He yielded five earned runs on four strikeouts against six walks in 9.2 frames for San Francisco in 2022.
Subpar control is a quality that has plagued Beede for much of his career. That said, the 28-year-old pitcher has typically demonstrated three quality pitches including a mid-90's fastball that he pairs with a curveball and a changeup.
It was not that long ago when it felt like Beede was blossoming into a good starting pitcher. He registered a 5.08 ERA, 5.03 FIP, 1.47 WHIP, 8.7 K/9, and a 2.46 SO/W ratio in 24 appearances, including 22 starts, in 2019.
This included a pair of strong months to finish out the season as he posted a 3.34 ERA and a 3.28 ERA in July and September, respectively. Of course, this was sandwiched in between a rough month of August in which he generated a 7.25 ERA across five starts.
Beede entered the 2020 campaign with an inside shot at making the Opening Day rotation. However, nature had a different plan in mind as the righty sustained an injury in his pitching elbow that required Tommy John surgery in March of 2020.
This knocked him out for the entire 2020 season and he made his way back to Oracle Park in 2021 where he made one appearance. Beede spent much of last season at Triple-A as he continued to rehab from surgery, but the results not promising.
He posted a 6.66 ERA in 16 appearances in a tough league for pitchers, especially ones who are rehabbing from major surgery.
The Giants needed to open a roster spot for Littell, who was placed on the COVID list last week. The decision to place Beede on waivers is a tough one as he really had the right attitude and mindset to come back from some challenging circumstances. He needs a change of scenery and this will give him that chance.