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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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chapmantime

Great stuff as usual, Nick. Regarding Fulmer's future role, did you happen to see him in his extended post-season appearance (5.1 IP against UofL on 6-9-13)? He was still hiting mid-90s at the end of the outing, commanding the breaking ball well, and (more crucially) showing a solid changeup. Is the reliever profile due to stuff, size, violence in the delivery, some combo of all? In that look I was pleasantly surprised by his consistency throughout the game, and he reminded me a bit of Tim Hudson, another small-ish college righty with two plus pitches. Regardless, if he is a reliever, he'll certainly be an excellent one, perhaps in the vein of Cody Allen.

Mar 27, 2014 10:13 AM
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BP staff member Nick Faleris
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Thanks! For me, it's size and effort. It would certainly be interesting to see him make a run as a starter. I'm generally open to undersized guys starting if they show the ability to turn over a lineup and there's some sort of pitch to change eye levels and help make up for the flatter plane. Would love to see Vandy turn him loose in the rotation to see what happens. I wouldn't be surprised to see him succeed (I saw him hold stuff/velo as a high schooler), but if I'm giving out seven figures I'd have a harder time doing it with a starter profile in mind if he operates exclusively as a reliever through his college career.

Mar 27, 2014 11:01 AM
 
batts40

Dangit! I had a hard enough time keeping tabs on my minor leaguer obsession, and now BP has gone and made me start reading about HS and college players. Great work.

Mar 27, 2014 11:56 AM
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BP staff member Nick Faleris
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Appreciate. Hope to have a lot more out to you soon! NHSI notes/video next week and I'm sitting on a bunch of reports the BP team has submitted covering more high profile high schoolers!

Mar 27, 2014 13:16 PM
 
Silverback38

I agree with Batts40 as I'm obsessed with HS, college, and low minor leaguers. I just joint BP this year and am glad I did.
I loved the writeup on my back home hero, Alex Bregman. From a fantasy standpoint, glad I've already drafted him in deep dynasty leagues.
Great work as always, Nick.

Mar 27, 2014 17:46 PM
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BP staff member Nick Faleris
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Thanks; really appreciate it!

Mar 28, 2014 05:16 AM
 
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