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School: Vanderbilt; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-4; Weight: 215 pounds
Previously Drafted: Toronto Blue Jays, 1st round, 2011
Background: The rare high school first rounder to bypass a shot at the pros– and the lone first round pick that failed to sign in 2011 – Beede failed to come to terms with the Blue Jays after the club reportedly did not meet his $3.5 million demand, offering a million dollars less.
After beginning his collegiate career in solid fashion, Beede, who averaged nearly a punch per inning with decent control/command, saw a noticeable downturn in his walk rate during his sophomore campaign, issuing 63 free passes in 101 innings of work.
This season, however, he not only has reversed his struggles, but taken a noticeable step forward, walking just 21 in his first 60 innings of work.
Projection: One of the best collegiate arms available in the year’s class, particularly coming from the rotation, Beede has the makings of a #2-type pitcher, though that depends upon how he controls the strike zone at the next level.
His control has wavered in the earlier parts of his career (obviously), and he’ll need to continue to show that this season’s strong showing is more than just an aberration. Outside of N.C. State’s Carlos Rodon, maybe, Beede has as high a ceiling as any collegiate hurler. That, of course, comes with a little more risk.
In terms of peak value in the big leagues, think Max Scherzer, another big arm with big time strikeout ability who dealt with some control issues in the past.
And as far the money he passed up back in high school, Beede would have to go within the first 14 picks to ensure getting a larger bonus.
Ceiling: 5.0- to 5.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Draft Projection: First Round
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