Vanderbilt right-hander Tyler Beede is expected to go in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft Thursday.
Beede has been through this before. He was taken 21st overall by the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2011. Beede turned down a lucrative deal to spend the last three years at Vanderbilt.
He is 6 foot, four inches tall and weighs 215 pounds. He is also a Massachusetts native who has won 23 games at Vanderbilt, striking out 271 hitters and established himself as the Commodores ace.
Beede’s maturity and focus will be put to the test this week as he starts for the Commodores Friday at Noon against Stanford in the Super Regionals. That will be just over 12 hours after he will be picked in the draft.
Beede seems to be taking it all in stride.
“I’m certainly going to enjoy the moment Thursday. My family will be here, but it’s going to be something that has to be set aside immediately right when I go to bed and put my head on the pillow and really start looking forward to Stanford on Friday at Noon,” he stated.
Dores head coach Tim Corbin has no doubt his starter can handle the situation.
“I’m not worried about Tyler Beede. Tyler Beede’s gone through this experience before. Tyler Beede had to go through this experience in high school. That’s a good thing. He’s faced a lot of things a lot of amateur kids have not had to face,” Corbin said.
Some projections have Beede as one of the top ten players in the draft.