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Retooled Beede opening eyes at Giants camp

@mi_guardado
March 18, 2019

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It’s been a resurgent spring for Giants right-hander Tyler Beede. A first-round Draft pick of the Giants in 2014, Beede saw his stock tumble after enduring a rough 2018 campaign that included a 7.05 ERA with 56 walks over 74 innings at Triple-A Sacramento. He debuted with

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It’s been a resurgent spring for Giants right-hander Tyler Beede.

A first-round Draft pick of the Giants in 2014, Beede saw his stock tumble after enduring a rough 2018 campaign that included a 7.05 ERA with 56 walks over 74 innings at Triple-A Sacramento. He debuted with the Giants last April, but he lasted only 7 2/3 innings over two starts and gave up seven runs. After returning to the Minors, Beede was shifted to the bullpen.

Over the offseason, Beede worked to tweak his grips and repertoire, abandoning his two-seamer, cutter and slider to focus on his three best pitches: his four-seam fastball, curveball and changeup. The adjustments have helped turn Beede into one of the best surprises of the spring. President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Bruce Bochy have both mentioned the 25-year-old as one of the early standouts in camp.

“It looks like he’s on a mission to show that he’s put a lot of hard work in and doing all he can to open eyes again,” Bochy said earlier this month. “He’s got the equipment. This guy, it’s his time. He’s really taking advantage of this spring and showing that he’s a different guy.”

Buoyed by the feedback, Beede is now brimming with confidence and ready for everything to finally click.

“It feels good,” Beede said. “I wanted to come in and compete. That was about as simple of a goal that I made for this spring, and I’m happy with the way that I’ve, for the most part, competed throughout Spring Training. It’s a good foundation to build on, and I’m happy that I’ve impressed some people, especially Farhan, as he’s new here. I’m sure he’s read some things from last year and wanted to see some improvement, so I’m happy that I’ve been able to impress him.”

Beede made his fifth Cactus League appearance and first start of the spring on Monday, yielding two runs on four hits over two innings in the Giants’ 5-2 win over the White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Chicago slugger Yonder Alonso inflicted all the damage against Beede with a two-run home run to left field in the first inning.

“In terms of execution and location, I thought it was a good pitch down and away that he put a good piece [of the bat] on,” Beede said. “In that situation, you just tip the cap. I was behind in the count, but I thought I executed a decent pitch there.”

Beede has not pitched more than three innings in a game this spring, but the Giants are still planning to stretch him out as a starter. After throwing 42 pitches against the White Sox, Beede went to the bullpen and threw 18 more, bringing his pitch count to 60.

Beede will likely open the season at Triple-A Sacramento, but he should get the chance to contribute to the Giants’ rotation, as he’s shown that his upper-90s fastball and hard curveball can play in the Majors. He believes his new mindset will help him rebound after his disappointing results last year.

“I’m a lot more confident,” Beede said. “I’m a lot more consistent with what I’m doing in my preparation in the days leading up to my starts and my outings. And what I’m doing on the mound, everything is much more consistent. Everything is a lot simpler. I’m focused on competing versus analyzing.”

Maria Guardado covers the Giants for MLB.com. She previously covered the Angels from 2017-18. Follow her on Twitter.