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Murray | Time for Giants to give Tyler Beede his shot

17 July, 2016: Richmond Flying Squirrels pitcher Tyler Beede (14) in action during a match between the Bowie Baysox and the Richmond Flying Squirrels on Orioles Appreciation Day at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie, Maryland. (Photo By: Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire)
(Photo By: Daniel Kucin Jr./Icon Sportswire)

The San Francisco Giants, sitting at 12-24 and last place in the National League West, are in trouble. Whether they just got old fast, as someone suggested to FanRag’s Jon Heyman, is a fair consideration. They called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, and while he has provided somewhat of a spark, more help is needed.

Which is why the team should make a similar move and call up top pitching prospect Tyler Beede.

At 12-24, the season is not over. It certainly isn’t looking good, but it’s not over. Yet, there is only so much a team in its position can do. Trading minor-league assets for major-league talent at this point isn’t an option. The most likely option is they trade major-league talent for minor-league assets, but it’s too early to become sellers, which is why at this stage of the game, they have nothing to lose.

With Arroyo now in the majors, it leaves Beede, a 23-year-old right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt, as the team’s top remaining prospect in their farm system. Coming into 2017 he was Baseball America’s 89th-best prospect in all of baseball.

He has been strong so far in his six minor-league starts this season, allowing three or fewer runs in five of the six outings.

Featuring a fastball that ranges anywhere from 92-97 mph, as well as a changeup, curveball and slider, Beede has made a strong impression on the Giants not only in the minor-leagues, but with the team at big-league spring training.

“We have the confidence to use him at any point and not just starting,” Bruce Bochy told reporters at spring training, via the MercuryNews. “We wouldn’t hesitate to use him in the ‘pen. I’m not saying that’s what we are going to do. It keeps his options open. He’s at 94-95 (mph). He holds runners well. He does a lot of things (as a reliever) that you like.”

The bullpen, which was supposed to be a strength for the Giants with closer Mark Melancon in town, has been a bust. Now with Melancon on the disabled list, the bullpen is in even more trouble, meaning a spot for Beede is wide open.

Given his experience pitching as a starter, he could pitch 4-5 innings out of the bullpen if needed. One thing scouts mention is that big moments do not phase Beede, so possibly a seventh- or eighth-inning situation could arise for him.

It’s unlikely that a starting spot opens up, even with Madison Bumgarner out. Johnny Cueto, Matt Cain, Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore remain in the rotation, with Ty Blach filling in at the No. 5 spot. It’s possible Beede makes a spot start if needed this year, although that most likely will come next year with Cain and possibly Cueto (if he opts out) leaving the rotation.

If Beede works out, the Giants find another much-needed pitcher out of the bullpen. If it doesn’t work out, send him back to the minor leagues and wait until he is ready.

At this stage of the game, the Giants need a spark. Whether Beede is that spark remains to be seen. But by calling him up and seeing what they have, they have nothing to lose.

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