6:05PM: In addition to the Beede DFA, Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters (including MLB.com’s Maria I. Guardado) that the club also reinstated right-hander Zack Littell from the COVID-19 list, optioned infielder Kevin Padlo to Triple-A, and called up right-hander Gregory Santos.
5:10PM: The Giants designated right-hander Tyler Beede for assignment, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area (Twitter link). Beede is out of minor league options, so a DFA was necessary for the Giants to send him to the minors or outright him from their 40-man roster.
The 14th overall pick of the 2014 draft, Beede has appeared in four of the last five MLB seasons, posting a 5.39 ERA over 135 1/3 innings in a San Francisco uniform. This season saw Beede record six walks against only four strikeouts in 9 2/3 frames of work out of the Giants bullpen, en route to a 4.66 ERA.
Between Beede’s high draft pedigree out of Vanderbilt and his quality numbers early in his minor league career, Beede appeared on some top-100 prospect lists prior to the 2017 season but then seemed to hit something of a wall. The right-hander was rarely consistent at the Triple-A level or in his first few tastes of MLB action, and Beede’s career was then further interrupted by Tommy John surgery in 2020.
Returning from the IL last May, Beede’s 2021 season consisted of a single big league inning, a 6.66 ERA over 48 2/3 innings for Triple-A Sacramento, and a lower back strain that required a trip to the 60-day IL. Those Triple-A numbers were exacerbated by an ugly 18.4% walk rate, as Beede continues to be hampered by the major control issues that began to surface in 2018.
While the Giants might be able to sneak Beede through waivers, today’s move might mark the end of his time in San Francisco. Another team could possibly make a waiver claim to see if the 28-year-old Beede would benefit from a change of scenery, given the potential he showed early in his career.