More first-round praise for LA's Beede

The praise for Lawrence Academy senior righthander Tyler Beede continues to build as we inch closer to next month's MLB Draft. Today, ESPN's Keith Law unveiled his first mock draft, and projects the 6-foot-4 Beede to go 30th to the Twins. He writes, "Beede is polished with command and control, but even has some projection left."

ESPN.com's most recent scouting report on Beede reads as follows:

Beede is the leading prep pitcher in a very strong class out of New England this year, showing average stuff with good projection and very good command for his age.

He will sit mostly 88-92 now but can flash a little better, mixing in a two-seamer at the low end of that range as needed. He's got a solid-average changeup and an improving curveball that he needs to finish more consistently; at 71-73 it's a bit slow and loopy but at 75 or better it's a better pitch start to finish. Beede repeats his delivery extremely well, with a strong stride toward the plate, although he doesn't tilt his shoulders and has a very slight arm wrap right before he turns his pitching hand over.

He's committed to Vanderbilt and is expected to be a tough sign, but he's expressed enough interest in pro ball that he should be a fairly high pick for someone looking to roll the dice on a potential No. 2 starter with lots of projection left.

Meanwhile, as part of its "50 in 50" series leading up to next month's MLB Draft, the scouting service Perfect Game checks in today with its analysis of Beede, projecting him as a "Late First Round/Sandwich". In his scouting report, David Rawnsley notes the unusual abundance of live arms in Massachusetts high schools this year, including 90-mile per hour fireballers such as St. John's Prep's Pat Connaughton, BB&N's Devin Perry, Springfield Cathedral's Robert DeCosmo, and Dexter's duo of John Magliozzi and Barrett O'Neill.

But for Beede, Rawnsley reserves the highest praise. He writes:

Beede is far from the stereotypical raw arm from the region, however. His father, Walter, was a 13th round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 1981 as a first baseman and played one year of minor league ball, so baseball definitely is part of the Beede bloodlines. Most importantly, Beede has been participating in national level events since early in his sophomore season, including the 2010 Aflac All American Game, and has a polished maturity on the mound that is equal to any Sun Belt pitcher. He has a low effort delivery with good lower half use and repeats his mechanics consistently. Beede’s fastball doesn’t touch 97-98 mph like many of top high school arms seem to be doing this year but he’s a consistent 92-93 mph and will touch 94-95 occasionally. His upper 70’s curveball is a potential plus second pitch and his change up shows signs of being a plus pitch at times as well, although he understandably hasn’t used the pitch frequently. Beede’s ability to mix his pitches and throw to spots is very advanced for a high school pitcher and will enable him to be immediately successful at the next level, whether that is at Vanderbilt or in professional ball. Even though he could sneak into the back of the first round on talent, Beede is well prepared to pass on pro ball for at least three years. He transferred before his senior year from his hometown Auburn High School to Lawrence Academy, a prestigious prep school, to better prepare himself academically for Vanderbilt and is a high level student.

The full scouting report from Rawnsley can be found here.