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March 27, 2014

Draft Ten Pack

Weekend in Nashville

by Nick J. Faleris


I was in Nashville two weekends ago for the much-anticipated matchup between two of the top programs in the SEC, as well as two of the top arms in the 2014 draft class: Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede and LSU’s Aaron Nola. Beede and Nola took the bump opposite each other in Friday night’s opener and proceeded to solidify their claims to first round consideration. The series concluded with a doubleheader on Saturday, with a number of talents on each side standing out—particularly a handful of underclassmen with first round aspirations.

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Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt
Scouting Video (2014 vs Long Beach)
Prior to Friday’s series opener, my most recent look at Beede had been an underwhelming showing with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, speckled with down stuff and well below-average command. Conversely, in his outing against LSU Beede displayed legit front-end offerings and improved command (though still below where you would hope to see a potential top-of-the-draft arm.)

Beede’s fastball sat comfortably in the 91 to 94 mph range for the duration of the start, regularly touching 96 up the zone. There’s some life to it, and the potential exists for the pitch to grade as a plus-plus offering eventually if he can hone his command. For this start, he was adequate throwing to both sides of the plate early on, but began to elevate as the game wore on and generally struggled to throw to the quadrants. His curve flashes plus-plus now as a low-80s power breaker that is nasty enough to miss bats in the zone and out of it. The change-up looked rudimentary in the early innings, but he found his feel by the fourth and was flashing it as an third above-average or better offering for the remainder of the start.

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