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After frustrating season, Tyler Beede tells why he's 'real confident' for 2018

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After frustrating season, Tyler Beede tells why he's 'real confident' for 2018

A large group of the best prospects in baseball who are on the verge of making the major leagues, spent the weekend learning how to enjoy successful careers with more than their athletic abilities at the annual Rookie Career Development Program at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA. Among those invited was Tyler Beede, the Giants' top pitching prospect.

"It's great just to be a sponge, to learn things and implement them into my career on and off the field," Beede told MLB Pipeline. "It's been awesome and I've learned so much since I've been here." 

Staying in the moment is never easy for a prospect, especially those so close to earning a call-up. Beede acknowledged he dealt with that mentally during an up-and-down year with the Giants' Triple-A affiliate Sacramento River Cats in 2017. 

"I think the whole year I was sort of just anticipating the phone call," Beede said. "If I had a good start sittin' there by the phone, waitin' for a phone call and that sort of got in my head.

"I think I needed to have a new perspective of why I was playing, my routine, my mindset, and I think that injury kind of put me in a new state of mind where don't take for granted where you're at. You're a phone call away and it's frustrating you got hurt on the verge of being called up, but it's an opportunity to get better, to take each start as it is."

Warming up for his start in July, Beede suffered a groin strain and never returned to the mound for Sacramento. At the time of the injury, he was coming off one of his best starts of the year, going seven strong with no earned runs, five strikeouts and only one walk. He ended his season with River Cats posting a 6-7 record with a career-high 4.79 ERA over 19 starts. 

Beede was back on the hill for the Arizona Fall League and proved why he's the Giants' highest regarded arm in the minors when healthy. After only 109 innings pitched in his injury-shortened regular season, Beeded added 16 more in the AFL. He shook off the rust after a shaky first start and then flashed his future potential. 

In Beede's final three starts, he compiled a 1.93 ERA over 14 innings to go along with 10 strikeouts to one walk. 

"Being able to pitch in the Fall League after coming off the injury, getting healthy and sort of building my confidence back, tweaking some things mechanically and in my routine allowed me to feel more confident," Beede said. "Going into 2018, I feel really good, real confident with what I'm doing."

With the Giants' trade of Matt Moore, Beede, 24, is expected to compete with several others in spring training for the Giants' fifth spot in the starting rotation. 

MLB rumors: Giants place Andrew McCutchen on revocable waivers

MLB rumors: Giants place Andrew McCutchen on revocable waivers

NEW YORK — The Giants did not sell at the trade deadline, preferring to give a .500 roster a few more weeks to try and climb into the race. It appears the weekend in Cincinnati finally led to some decisions from the front office. 

According to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, the Giants have placed Andrew McCutchen on revocable waivers, potentially clearing the way for a trade over the coming days. McCutchen is only owed about $3 million at this point and could be a fit for a contending team looking for outfield help down the stretch. If McCutchen is claimed, the Giants will have little leverage in negotiations, but they should be able to salvage a prospect or two in exchange for a player who will be a free agent at the end of the season. 

The interest in McCutchen at the deadline wasn’t enough to have the Giants seriously consider a deal, but his numbers have ticked up a bit in the second half. Trading McCutchen would serve multiple purposes. The veteran could potentially find himself in a playoff race, in search of his first ring. For the Giants, a deal would clear salary space and get them further from the tax line, and potentially allow for more September call-ups. It also would clear playing time in the outfield, allowing Austin Slater to play every day, or Chris Shaw to get an audition over the final month. 

The Giants have avoided any talk of putting up the white flag, but they were swept over the weekend in Cincinnati and have not had the road trip they had hoped. They won 2-1 Tuesday, but still will face Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom in this series. 

Pitching, timely Mets error help Giants snap four-game skid

Pitching, timely Mets error help Giants snap four-game skid

NEW YORK — When reporters walked into his office a few minutes before midnight, Giants manager Bruce Bochy looked up, the fatigue clear in his eyes.

“We win?” he asked.

Bochy was joking, but there was a moment in Monday’s 2-1 win over the Mets where he couldn’t believe his team had taken the lead. After several wasted opportunities, the Giants appeared poised to fail to capitalize on the leadoff batter reaching third in the 13th. With two outs, Brandon Crawford popped up to shallow left. Bochy turned to pitching coach Curt Young and told him that Casey Kelly, Wednesday’s starter, had to begin warming up.

Bochy thought the inning was over. 

But the Mets are the Mets for a reason.

Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith collided and the pop-up dropped, allowing the winning run to score. On a night when they stranded nine runners, went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, and had a two-on no-outs failure early on that was one of the worst of the season, the Giants won.

“It’s good to get a break,” Bochy said. “We had our struggles there in some pretty good situations where we just needed to hit a groundball. We had a hard time. We had a tough time getting the big hit. We got a break and you take it.”

For all the lineup did wrong, the pitching deserved this win. Six relievers followed Derek Holland and threw eight shutout innings. Reyes Moronta was not supposed to be used, but he contributed an inning. Mark Melancon pitched two innings for the first time as a Giant. Derek Law pitched two his first night back. In the end, Hunter Strickland was the last one left in the bullpen, and he was only available for three outs because he had pitched back-to-back games.

The timing of the error was perfect, then. Holland smiled when asked what his reaction was in the clubhouse.

“I can’t say the word,” he said. “It’s just crazy how it happened.”