21st Overall: Blue Jays Select Tyler Beede

photo: Dave Casanave/Lawrence Academy

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Tyler Beede with the 21st pick in the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft. The 18 year-old, right-handed pitcher attended the Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts, which is north of Boston. Beede stands 6’4″ tall and weighs 200 pounds. He was not featured as a first round pick by Wally Fish in the S2S Mock Draft.

Repertoire:
Beede throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. His bread and butter is his low-90s four-seam fastball that he commands very well. A slightly above average change-up and two-seam fastball compliment his plus fastball. Beede also features a high-70s curveball with excellent late life. It’s scary to think that at just 18-years-old Beede already features four plus-pitches.
Numbers:

He led his tiny Massachusetts high school team to a state championship with 114 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings. Beede threw a perfect game and the majority of his starts were complete games this season. His performance earned him the “Mr. Baseball” award which is presented annually to the top high school baseball player in Massachusetts.

What They Say:
Brendan Hall / ESPNboston.com
Tyler’s prowess on the mound is equaled by his demeanor off of it. He’s just one of those kids you meet once and can’t help but root for. His three plus-pitches and mid-90’s velocity are what draw all the attention, but what has impressed me in all the years watching him is the intangibles. His attitude and work ethic are rare for his age in terms of maturity, and you see it in the way he manages on the mound.
PerfectGameUSA.com
Beede’s ability to mix his pitches and throw to spots is very advanced for a high school pitcher an will enable him to become immediately successful at the next level, weather that is Vanderbilt or professional ball.
John Sickels / MinorLeagueBall.com
Some signability issues with a Vanderbilt scholarship, but they wouldn’t take him this high if the deal couldn’t get done.
Future:

Beede is committed to Vanderbilt and is highly regarded as a tough sign. Perhaps the Blue Jays know something that the rest of us don’t know? If he’s willing to sign it’s a helluva catch for the Blue Jays. While it’s hard to project an 18-year-old, Beede shouldn’t have a problem living up to the hype. It’s realistic to predict a front of the rotation future for him.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For more on Toronto’s selection of Beede and the Blue Jays in general be sure to visit Jays Journal.

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  • michael.allen.engel

    If anyone listens to the Up and In podcast by BP, hosted by Kevin Goldstein, he had previously mentioned something that the Jays had a sort of predraft deal in place to take Beede. Apparently, Beede’s father had sent a letter around to every team saying that he WOULD attend Vanderbilt and that they were confident that he’d be a high pick in two years.

    Goldstein’s take on it was that, while the Blue Jays can’t technically have a deal, it’s more of an “if I offer this, would he sign?” kind of thing. “I can’t imagine a smart team taking a kid – who told everyone not to take him – with their first pick without a deal in place.”

    His guess is Beede will sign for $3 million. A lot for 21st overall, but it’s in line with Toronto’s aggressive draft strategy.

  • JAYRC_MCB

    @michael.allen.engel Thanks for the heads up, I hadn’t heard that. If the Jays are able to sign him it’s a BIG acquisition.

  • ericpleiss

    Are you ever getting to the rest of the draft?!

  • http://seedlingstostars.com/ thebaseballfish

    @ericpleiss It’s still on our radar, but we’ve gotten a bit sidetracked (obviously) … Hopefully we will start making some headway on the pick profiles soon.

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