Tyler Beede, selected 14th overall in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft, will make his San Francisco Giants organizational debut on Thursday. He is scheduled to start Thursday night's game against the AZL Angels and pitch one inning.
"I've been urging to get out there for the first time," Beede said. "Being around these guys for awhile makes me want to get out there."
Beede, unlike a large chunk of the Giants' newest draft class, signed a week before the July 18 signing deadline, but has yet to make an in-game appearance. San Francisco's second, third, and fourth round picks — Aramis Garcia, Dylan Davis, and Logan Webb — signed a week after Beede yet have already made their professional debuts.
21-years old out of recent College World Series champion Vanderbilt University, Beede has been the most anticipated debut for Giants fans, as many were curious as to where and when he would begin his career, or if it would even happen at all in 2014.
Beede has been participating in a throwing program since arriving at the Giants' facility in Scottsdale after taking two weeks off following the draft, so he and the staff wanted to make sure he didn't jump into his pro career too soon.
"The plan was to not rush it, let it take its course and then react to how my arm is feeling" Beede said. "I think it's a perfect time to get on the mound."
The 6'4" right-hander pitched a team-leading 113.1 innings for the Commodores his junior year, including 21 during the team's title run. He finished the season with a 4.05 ERA, allowing 92 hits while striking out 116.
Prior to Beede, the most recent college pitcher selected in the first round by San Francisco was Mississippi State's Chris Stratton. Recently promoted to Double-A, Stratton pitched 16 innings for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in 2012, a month after the Giants took him 20th overall. He had pitched 109.2 innings for the Bulldogs that year.
Beede is reported to have three above-average pitches, including a fastball, changeup, and curveball, with the fastball coming in around 92-94 miles per hour and topping as high as 97. The changeup and curveball are both reportedly low-80s offerings.