New MLB careers were born on Thursday night as rounds one and two were completed in the 2014 draft.
With the 14th overall pick, San Francisco selected right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede from Vanderbilt. The 21-year-old junior was projected by many scouts to be a top-five pick, so the Giants must feel like they lucked out in getting him at 14. In three seasons at Vandy he accumulated a 23-13 record with a 3.22 ERA in 49 starts. He allowed 216 hits and 125 runs in 271 innings, walking 138 and striking out 277. His career WHIP is 1.31, but he had his lowest WHIP during the 2014 season at 1.19. He’s a big guy at 6’4”, 215 lbs, and he his fastball ranges between 92-95. His issue has always been his command, as was seen during his most recent start in the SEC tournament on May 22 against Ole Miss. He walked five in six-plus innings but limited the damage, allowing three earned runs and striking out four. One of his best college starts came against the local Stanford Cardinals, where he tossed eight-and-a-third innings, giving up three hits and only one run on February 28 of this year.
Some of his college honors include 2012 SEC All-Freshman Team, the 2013 ABCA All-South Region Team, 2013 ABCA Second Team All-American, 2013 BA Second Team All-American, and the 2013 Second Team All-SEC. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 but chose not to sign.
Some fun facts from his Vanderbilt Bio Page include his favorite baseball teams (Boston Red Sox, at least for now), favorite sport besides baseball (football), and favorite hobby (rapping). Yes, according to vucommodores.com, Beede says that rapping is his second-best talent and that he’s produced eight songs in his young career.
With their second pick – 52nd overall – the Giants took Aramis Garcis, a catcher out of Florida Internatinal. In his three seasons of college ball, the 21-year-old hit .318 with 25 home runs and 117 RBIs. He had 184 hits in 157 games and scored 94 runs. 2014 was his best offensive season. He was first in the league with a .368 average and a .626 slugging percentage. He only played in 45 games, but he crushed eight home runs, stole four bases, and worked 25 walks while only striking out 23 times. His coaches and teammates at Florida International have said that he’s a smart kid (3.75 GPA), hardly ever has a negative thing to say, and is a born leader. Like Beede, Garcia was also taken the 2011 draft – by the St. Louis Cardinals – but also chose college.
Garcia stands at 6’2”, 220 lbs and some of his accolades are impressive. He was recently named an All-American Third-Team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s Louisville Slugger. He was also the 2014 Conference USA Player of the Year. And perhaps most importantly, has been named as one of 15 finalists for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award which is given to the nation’s best catcher. Giants fans might remember the last time a Giants player had won the prestigious award in 2008 – one Buster Posey.