Keith Law has posted his first mock draft for subscribers to ESPN Insider and he has the Pittsburgh Pirates taking Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Beede. This is the first time all year that Beede has been connected to the Pirates, but Law mentioned that questions about his makeup has caused the right-hander to slip in the draft.
We have been covering Beede’s starts all season long here, but not really concentrating on him because he has been rated much higher all season. If a pitcher of his caliber actually drops to them, it is someone they have to strongly consider. In 13 starts, Beede has a 3.43 ERA, with 82 strikeouts and a .218 BAA in 76 innings. He sits low 90’s with his fastball and has touched 97 MPH. He also has a plus change-up and a curve that isn’t far behind. Beede has good, clean mechanics, although he doesn’t always throw enough strikes.
I have included a video that was posted by Big League Futures.
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