Draft : : Top Prospects
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

50 in 50: Tyler Beede

David Rawnsley        
Photo: AB Digital Photo

Tyler Beede
RHP / Lawrence Academy

Bats-Throws: R-R
Height/Weight: 6-4/200
Hometown: Auburn, Mass
College Commitment: Vanderbilt
Birthdate: May 23, 1993

SCOUTING PROFILE: Beede heads up one of the best groups of Massachusetts high school pitching prospects ever seen in one draft. While Beede is the premier arm of the group, RHP’s Pat Connaughton (St. John’s Prep), Adam Ravenelle (Sudbury-Lincoln HS) and John Magliozzi (Dexter HS) are all potential top 5 round arms. LHP Andrew Chin (BB & N), RHP Devin Perry (BB & N), RHP Barrett O’Neill (Ashland HS) and RHP Robert DeCosmo (Cathedral HS) all have 90+ mph fastballs and have received plenty of scouting attention as well. That talent base belies the fact that no Massachusetts high school player at any position has been picked in the first five rounds since 2003, when the Marlins selected Jeff Allison in the first round. Beede is far from the stereotypical raw arm from the region, however. His father, Walter, was a 13th round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1981 as a first baseman and played one year of minor league ball, so baseball definitely is part of the Beede bloodlines. Most importantly, Beede has been participating in national level events since early in his sophomore season, including the 2010 Aflac All American Game, and has a polished maturity on the mound that is equal to any Sun Belt pitcher. He has a low effort delivery with good lower half use and repeats his mechanics consistently. Beede’s fastball doesn’t touch 97-98 mph like many of top high school arms seem to be doing this year but he’s a consistent 92-93 mph and will touch 94-95 occasionally. His upper 70’s curveball is a potential plus second pitch and his change up shows signs of being a plus pitch at times as well, although he understandably hasn’t used the pitch frequently. Beede’s ability to mix his pitches and throw to spots is very advanced for a high school pitcher and will enable him to be immediately successful at the next level, whether that is at Vanderbilt or in professional ball. Even though he could sneak into the back of the first round on talent, Beede is well prepared to pass on pro ball for at least three years. He transferred before his senior year from his hometown Auburn High School to Lawrence Academy, a prestigious prep school, to better prepare himself academically for Vanderbilt and is a high level student.

Projected Draft Position:
Late First Round/Sandwich

Perfect Game Events Attended:

    2008 NE Fall State Showcase
    2008 WWBA Underclass World Championship
    2008 WWBA World Championship
    2009 WWBA 2010 Grads or 17u National Championship
    2009 WWBA 2011 Grads or 16u National Championship
    2009 2011 Grads National Showcase Tournament
    2009 PG Showcase at AFLAC All American Game
    2009 WWBA Northeast Qualifier #2
    2009 WWBA Underclass World Championship
    2009 WWBA World Championship
    2010 National Showcase
    2010 WWBA 2010 Grads or 18u National Championship
    2010 WWBA 2011 Grads or 17u National Championship
    2010 WWBA 2011 Grads or 17u National Championship
    2010 WWBA 2012 Grads or 16u National Championship
    2010 18U BCS Finals
    2010 AFLAC All-American Game
    2010 WWBA Northeast Qualifier #1

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