Tyler Beede endured a unique start Wednesday night in Sacramento facing the Fresno Grizzlies. It was unusual in a couple different ways. First, he allowed three home runs in a game for the first time in his pro career. In fact, it was just the second time he allowed multiple home runs in a game. Typically a ground-ball pitcher, Beede recorded only four in this game — his 12th start of the year — compared to a season-high 16 fly balls.
The three home runs are a funky outlier for Beede, who entered the game averaging basically one home run given up per three starts, or about one home run per 100 batters faced.
But Beede was effective otherwise, striking out eight and eating up seven innings, which tied his season-high. But beyond that, he faced the most batters and threw the most pitches he's thrown in 2017, 31 and 108 respectively.
Looking over Beede's 2017 numbers, the glaring difference is his five percent drop in strikeout rate while still walking the same percentage of hitters. Where he's helping himself is in the hit department. Though PCL batters are averaging 20 points higher in batting average against him, his ground ball rate is up five percent while his fly ball rate is down four percent. Certainly ground balls that get through can do damage, but a decrease in fly balls lowers the chance for extra-base hits of all kind.
It's always difficult to evaluate starting pitchers in the Pacific Coast League, for a number of reasons. I think, for now, the signs still point towards Beede being an effective major league arm whenever he debuts.
— Right-hander Dusten Knight had an eyebrow-raising pitching line in relief of Beede on Wednesday. He faced six batters, struck out three of them, and walked one. And somehow, that run scored and was earned without any hits. How, you might ask? Well, of course, he was removed after the walk and then Kyle Crick's two hits allowed scored the run. It's just always interesting to look at a line before knowing what actually happened and applying context.
— Ryder Jones is having the breakout season many have expected he would have moving into the Pacific Coast League. Now 171 plate appearances in, the left-handed corner infielder is slashing .284/.374/.507 with a 123 wRC+ and 19.3 percent walk rate. He reached base four times on Wednesday, singling twice and drawing two walks.
— Slade Heathcott hit his eighth and ninth home runs of the season in game one of Richmond's doubleheader. True to form, MiLB only posted video of the second one.
- Sacramento: Chris Stratton (5.93 ERA, 1.59 WHIP)
- Richmond: Matt Gage (3.68 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)
- San Jose: Matt Krook (6.82 ERA, 1.95 WHIP)
- Augusta: Garrett Williams (0.93 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 8 K
- Christian Arroyo: 3-for-5, R
- Bryan Reynolds: DNP
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 0-for-3, BB
- Sandro Fabian: 1-for-4
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K
- Matt Krook: DNP
- Aramis Garcia: DNP
- C.J. Hinojosa: 1-for-7, R, SO
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: 2-for-3, R
- Dan Slania: DNP
- Cory Taylor: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 3 K
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: DNP
- Melvin Adon: 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 2-for-7, 2 SO
- Ryder Jones: 2-for-3, R, 2 BB, SO
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 3-for-7, 3 R
- Ryan Howard: DNP