The Pirates announced that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede off waivers from the San Francisco Giants, Beede was designated for assignment by the Giants a week ago. To make room on the roster, the club announced that right-handed pitcher Beau Sulser has been DFA’d.
San Francisco selected Beede with the 14th pick in the 2014 MLB Draft out of Vanderbilt University. Beede emerged as one of the top pitching prospects in the game, and was considered a top 100 prospect prior to the 2017 by both MLB Pipeline and Baseball America.
Since then, Beede has scuffled and the Giants axed him from the roster. Beede made six appearances with San Francisco this season, posting a 4.66 ERA/5.50 FIP in 9.2 innings. For his big league career, the right-hander has a 5.39 ERA/5.01 FIP in 33 games (24 starts) and has struck out 128 in 135.1 innings. He made 22 starts for the Giants in 2019 and a career-high 117 innings.
The Pirates are taking a flier on Beede, who turns 29 later this month, in hopes he can regain similar form to his former top prospect days. Beede offers a mid-90s fastball and complements it with a changeup and curveball.
Sulser appeared in four games for the Pirates this season, covering 9.2 innings. He posted a 3.72 ERA and struck out 10 batters and walked four. The Pirates optioned the 28-year-old to Indianapolis on Wednesday.