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Keith Law’s First Mock Draft Has Pirates Taking Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede

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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We have no need for another 1st round pitcher. FREE INFIELDERS!!!!!!!


What exactly are these “makeup questions”?


He hasn’t always performed te best in big games and sometimes there are questions with his mound presence. He’s a great guy in the clubhouse and out, though, and has an arm you can fit nicely into the middle of a big league rotation fairly quickly.


Thanks. I mistook that as code for “is a huge jerk.”


Haha. Tyler Beede is an awesome human being.


If the draft somehow worked out like this I couldn’t be more happy. Tyler Beede is a great guy, a very hard worker, and has a dynamic arm. IF this would happen it would remind me of similar situations were a good college arm was taken later in the 1st than his talent would otherwise justify and then that pitcher flies through the minors. Look at Michael Wacha (19th overall selection) or Sonny Gray (18th overall).


Jared- Regardless of how good and ready he is, he WILL be at Jamestown when he is drafted. He WILL be at WVA the entire next year, then Bradenton/Altoona the following year, and best case scenario Altoona/AAA the next. That’s a 2018 arrival


No. Depending on Beede’s issues, he will go to West Virginia to start the season with a late season call up to Bradenton. The following year he’d be back at Bradenton until about mid season, then promoted to Altoona. The following year, it’d be Indianapolis with a promotion to the majors by June. In the majors by 2016.

Seriously, with the amount of whining you’re doing, I’m almost hoping they draft all pitchers just to spite you. Relax a bit and hope we get some solid players, regardless of position.


Is that how it worked with Sonny Gray? Just wondering if you knew about his development….

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I mock mock drafts.

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I’d throw a miniature parade.


Makes sense. We love prospects named Tyler.


As opposed to the formerly beloved “Zac/k/h” fetish

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