Tyler Beede, throughout the course of his professional career, has shown the ability to work pitches in and out of his repertoire almost on command. The newest of those additions is the sinker — a power sinker that Beede pounds into the lower half of the zone in the 91 to 94 range. He began messing with the sinker, and slowly moving away from the cutter, about eight to nine weeks ago, and it's becoming one of his better pitches already.
Watching Wednesday night's start, where he struck out nine and allowed one run in 6.1 innings, Beede's fastballs during the first three to four innings were mostly sinkers. As he moved later into the game, he put on display more of the four-seam fastball — a pitch he resurrected this spring after concentrating hard on two-seamers in 2015. The radar gun was peaking at 98 in the sixth innings with the four-seamer, regularly sitting 94-97.
But the big strikeout pitch was the curveball. He struck out three consecutive between the first and second innings using the hammer curve with sharp 11-5 break. This pitch is new, in a sense, as Beede had been throwing more of a slider but was recently asked to bring back the curveball he was known for in high school.
All of this has aided Beede in increasing his swinging strike percentages, as well as strikeout totals. He has 39 punchouts over his last 31 innings, and on Wednesday night, recorded a season-high 21 swinging strikes.
— Austin Slater is putting together a nice string of games in Triple-A Sacramento as of late. He's reached base in 13 of his last 15 games, slashing .351/.431/.526 with four doubles and two home runs. His 13.8 strikeout percentage over the span has lowered his season mark to 19.1 percent, and he's continuing to draw walks at 12-13 percent clip.
— Stay hot, Heath Quinn. Truthfully, the corner outfielder has been hot all year since making his professional debut in July. But over Quinn's last seven games, including Wednesday's three-hit performance, the right-hander has 12 hits and three walks in 32 plate appearances. He clubbed a double and a home run in his most recent game, bringing his season slugging percentage up to .546.
— Jonah Arenado's hit streak is still alive, sitting now at 14 games with the first baseman recording 20 hits (six doubles, three home runs) in the process.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-4, SO
- Tyler Beede: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-3, BB, SO
- Bryan Reynolds: 2-for-5, 2 R, SO
- Aramis Garcia: 1-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 SO
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 1-for-3, BB
- Steven Okert: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-4, SO
- Ray Black: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 1-for-4, R, HR, RBI, 2 SO
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Heath Quinn: 3-for-5, 3 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, SO
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Austin Slater: 2-for-5, 2 R, SO
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: 0-for-4, SO
- Gio Brusa: DNP