The story of most of the game for Tyler Beede's 23rd start in 2016 was efficiency and his curveball. Then in the ninth inning, a series of fastballs shifted the focus. Beede sat 91 to 93 most of the game, flopping between his four-seam fastball and newly acquired sinker. But in the final frame of what was eventually Beede's first career complete-game shutout, he struck out Ryan McMahon with 95, followed by 98 to Noel Cuevas on a foul ball.
Beede needed only 94 pitches to strike out 11 and tie his career-high while also setting a season-high. The majority of the early punch outs came courtesy of the curveball and occasionally the changeup. Less than a month ago, Baseball America published a report that stated Beede's curveball "continues to lag." Based on that last two starts I've seen, where he struck out at least half of the 20 batters in 15.1 innings with curveballs, I'd say the breaking ball is there and trending towards plus. It has sharp 11-5 movement and can be flopped easily for a called first strike or dropped in the dirt, falling out of the strike zone for swinging strikes.
Overall, Monday was certainly Beede's best outing as a professional. His game score of 93 was a career-high by 10, and just three baserunners reached — a double, a bunt single, and a walk. The start gives him a 2.3 RA/9 and .167 opposing batting average over his last six starts, and drops his season FIP to 3.38. The mark is fifth lowest in the organization among all starting pitchers and second lowest among Giants' starters in the upper minors.
— Chris Shaw and C.J. Hinojosa went back-to-back to fuel the offensive for the Flying Squirrels' 4-0 win over Hartford. It was Shaw's fifth since promoting to Double-A, and 21 of the season total. Hinojosa has grinded through August, sitting at .196/.250/.237 entering Monday's contest. Three hits, including the homer, helped that a bit. Shaw, on the other hand, has six extra-base hits in his last nine games and is now slashing .274/.313/.500 in August.
— Heath Quinn drew two more walks and hit his ninth home run of the season in a 13-4 win for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. Quinn, in his last 10 games, has three doubles, four home runs, and seven walks.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Christian Arroyo: 1-for-3, R, BB, SO
- Tyler Beede: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, 2 R, HR, RBI, 2 SO
- Bryan Reynolds: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Steven Duggar: 0-for-3, BB, CS
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: 3-for-4, R, HR, 2 RBI
- Clayton Blackburn: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Ray Black: DNP
- Dylan Davis: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Heath Quinn: 1-for-2, R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Hunter Cole: 1-for-4, SO
- Austin Slater: 1-for-4, SO
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Kyle Crick: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Ian Gardeck: DNP
- Ronnie Jebavy: DNP
- Gio Brusa: 1-for-5, R, 2B, SO