Giants' No. 1 prospect Tyler Beede certainly didn't have it all going Monday night against the Las Vegas 51s. He fell behind in counts often and gave up hard contact. He didn't have the best feel for his cutter or changeup, relying heavily on his sinker and curveball. But one might look at the 4.2 innings with five runs on eight hits and three walks in the box score and assume he was bad. He wasn't bad.
Beede's bad luck consisted of two errors, a squibbed infield single, and a few missed strike calls. Shortstop Orlando Calixte made a bad throw on a ground ball in the third inning and for some reason the official scorer awarded opposing pitcher Tyler Pill a base hit. Then in the fifth, after giving up two singles, Beede got a perfect ground ball to third base. With no outs, Jae-Gyun Hwang had the opportunity to turn a triple play, or at the very least a double play. Hwang booted the ball and everyone was safe. Beede coaxed more soft contact off the next batter — so soft that it wobbled between Hwang and Beede. Despite the right-hander's best efforts to make the play, his flip home to Trevor Brown was just out of his reach. A run scored and there were still no outs.
A more realistic line for Beede through five innings would have been 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K, as the single, walk, and runs that followed all the commotion wouldn't have taken place. However, Beede would have likely began the sixth inning instead of being pulled with two outs in the fifth, so who knows what would've happened then.
Though the solo home run he allowed to Xorge Carrillo came off a curveball, the pitch was Beede's best offering. It induced three swinging strikes and a handful of soft contact. Best examples of the breaking ball are at the 3:12, 4:05, 4:29, and 6:00 minute marks. The aforementioned ground balls in the wild fifth inning were also curveballs (minute marks 6:05 and 6:20).
Beede used the cutter often against right-handers but missed outside frequently. He did throw back-to-back cutters in the fifth inning (minute mark 6:43) that prompted a swinging strike and a barely-tipped foul ball. And as for the changeup, I rarely noticed it. Best example comes at the 6:28 mark, thrown to a left-hander. Otherwise it was a consistent 92-93 sinker (topping twice at 94) and a low-80s curveball for most of Beede's 91 pitches.
The only concern I see from Beede's first four starts stats wise is an eight-percent drop in strikeout rate. We'll see how that plays out over his next few outings.
On to the offense. Ryder Jones tripled and Austin Slater picked up three hits, including his fourth double of the year. Michael Morse also had a hard-hit single. You can view all these, as well as one of Slater's two singles in the highlight clip below.
— It was the same old story for Matt Krook on Monday in Rancho Cucamonga. Of the seven hits allowed against the Quakes, two were triples and one was a home run. And his five walks (in just three innings) made it five consecutive starts, dating back to last season, where the left-hander has recorded more walks than innings pitched.
— GreenJackets righty Pat Ruotolo struck out two in two frames, needing just 16 pitches. He stands at four baserunners, zero runs, and 10 strikeouts through 8.2 innings in 2017.
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
- Christian Arroyo: 0-for-4, SO
- Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-4, SO
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: DNP
- Sandro Fabian: 1-for-4
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Ty Blach: DNP
- Steven Okert: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: 3 IP, 7 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: DNP
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: 3-for-4, R, 2B, SO, SB
- Kelvin Beltre: 0-for-4, SO
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-4
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: DNP
- Ryder Jones: 2-for-4, R, 3B, RBI
- Hunter Cole: DNP