Auburn right-hander will make ’19 debut with Giants
CINCINNATI — Tyler Beede made two starts in April 2018 with the San Francisco Giants before heading back to the minor leagues. A little more than 12 months later, he’ll be back on a big league mound on Friday night.
Beede, who turns 26 later this month, has been called up to the Giants and will get the ball at Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds. He will be opposed by right-handed veteran Sonny Gray (0-4, 3.64 ERA).
Beede has had a strong start to the year, posting a 1.99 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and holding opposing batters to a .179 batting average in 22 2/3 innings over five starts with the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Giants. He finds himself back in a San Francisco jersey and cap after Giants pitcher Derek Holland was placed on the injured list.
San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy told the San Francisco Examiner Beede has earned the promotion.
“It’s hard not to see that with how he threw the ball this spring, he really opened up eyes there,” Bochy reasoned. “Trust me, he’s on the radar. What he’s doing down there, the stuff he’s throwing with, too, he’s not doing it with mirrors. He’s really demonstrating good command with high velo with a good changeup and breaking ball.”
In his two big league starts last season, Beede took his lumps and growing pains. His MLB debut came April 10 in San Francisco against the Arizona Diamondbacks, working four innings in a 5-4 win for the Giants. Beede held Arizona to two runs on three hits, one hit batter, and five walks in those four innings, striking out three while throwing 87 pitches. His next outing was a bit rougher as he took a loss upon giving up five runs on six hits and three walks over 3 2/3 innings against the San Diego Padres. He soon returned to the minor leagues with a big league record of 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA and 2.22 WHIP.
“From last year to what you saw this spring into Sacramento, he should feel good about where he’s at,” Bochy told the San Francisco Examiner. “His confidence should be way up there, and we’re excited about getting a chance to watch him.”
Beede’s 2019 debut will reportedly be MLB.TV’s “Free Game of the Day,” available for live streaming on its website and app.