The Giants took a college pitcher who raps on the side and has a chance to move quickly through the system when they selected Vanderbilt's Tyler Beede with the 14th pick in Thursday's Major League Baseball draft.
"We feel he has a chance of being a quality starter," Giants assistant general manager John Barr said. "He's someone who, I hate to set timetables on, has a chance of moving quickly."
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander was a first-round pick (No. 21 overall) of the Toronto Blue Jays three years ago who instead went to college at Vanderbilt. It was in college that he worked on his rap game by way of his alter ego Young Beedah, a sign that he could be good fit in the Giants' quirky clubhouse and a potential fan favorite.
On the field, Beede has struggled with control. During his sophomore year, he walked 5.6 batters per game in an otherwise spectacular season that saw him go 14-1 with a 2.32 ERA and earn SEC pitcher of the year honors.
He improved this season and walked just 3.3 batters per nine innings. Barr noted that improvement and said he has faith in Dick Tidrow, the Giants' vice president of player personnel known for developing the team's pitching staff.
"One thing that I do know is this organization with Dick Tidrow and the coaches, we develop pitchers and we develop them well," Barr said. "We feel that his control has continued to improve this year. At the same time, you can't teach the arm that he has. As he continues to mature, his command should get better."
The Auburn, Mass., native is 8-7 this year with a 3.20 ERA for Vanderbilt, whose season continues against Stanford this weekend in the NCAA Super Regionals. Beede will be on the mound for Friday's opener of the three-game set that will send the winner to the College World Series.
Beede, and the Giants, were happy with his decision to go to college.
"I certainly did make the right decision," Beede said on MLB Network Radio. "I knew that the first day I stepped on campus."
"He decided to go to Vanderbilt and he continued to soar not only as a player but as a person," Barr said. "We think had a very good selection here and we were happy he was there when it was our turn to pick."
Beede told MLB Network Radio that his focus, for now, remains on Friday's start vs. Stanford and trying to help his team will a national title.
"I'm equally excited about the opportunity to pitch tomorrow as I am about the draft," Beede said.
In the second round, the Giants added another catcher to the system when they selected Florida International catcher Aramis Garcia. A former 20th-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals out of high school, Garcia was a three-year starter in college.
He was the Conference USA Player of the Year for the Panthers and hit .368 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs and had an on-base percentage of .442.
According to Baseball America, his "bat is ahead of his defense, as his footwork remains problematic and his blocking needs work." He threw out 27 percent of opposing basestealers.
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