With the first year player draft less than a week away, it is time to start reviewing potential prep and college players who the Indians could target on Thursday evening with the 21st overall pick.
After reviewing about 20 mock drafts, I have came up with a list of five potential draft targets for the Tribe.
Tyler Beede- RHP, Vanderbilt
(courtesy of sportsnashville.com)
Here are several video’s of Beede’s delivery taken from a few different angles:
Beede has the perfect build for a pitcher: A 6’4″, 215 lb lean, athletic physique that scouts look for in a durable innings eating pitcher. With his lean frame, it will be easy for him to add strength as he ages while adding velocity to his fastball.
As you can see from the video(s) , his fastball sits 92-94 and can get up to 97 when needed. When he works down in the zone, it has good movement especially into right-handed batters. His curveball is 80-83 with hard downward action. His change is in the 78-82 MPH range and is spectacular at times showing great depth and fade; It’s a plus-plus pitch at times with the ability to be his out-pitch as a professional. Much of the potential in his three plus or better pitches is dependent on his command. According to Baseball America , Beede was the #3 starter as a freshman, not because of lack of talent, but because he did not display the command that was expected. As a sophomore, he took a step forward in the traditional stats (wins, ERA) even though his command was still lacking as he walked 5.6/9 innings. His walk rate improved a little from his sophomore season but he did struggle with command in the SEC Tournament loss to Ole Miss on May 22 walking five over six-plus innings allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits with four strikeouts.
Although it is a work in progress, he still needs to refine his extension and release point just a bit more to improve his command even further. It is believed that Beede will become a big time strikeout pitcher as he displays decent plane on his fastball that shows some backspin elevation that could provide some swing and miss to the offering.
Beede was the No. 21 overall pick by the Blue Jays out of a Massachusetts high school in 2011. According to the New England Baseball Journal, he turned down a $2.5 million offer to sign with Toronto and was the “…only first-round selection to refuse to come to terms on a contract. Beede set his perceived value at $3.5 million and didn’t move an inch with a full scholarship offer to Vanderbilt in his back pocket. The Blue Jays attempted to wait out the then-18-year-old from a working class family until the final hour before the signing deadline when they increased their original $2 million offer by a half-million dollars. Beede didn’t blink, believing in his heart of hearts that he’d have the same opportunity when he became eligible for the MLB draft again in 2014.”
In his spare time, Beede is a rapper. Here is a sample of his work:
Let’s hope his baseball career works out.
To Draft? Circle Yes or No.
I do not believe the Indians should draft Beede because of his on going command issues.