Remember Tyler Beede, the Blue Jays’ first-round pick (21st overall) who declined to sign with Toronto because of a dispute over his draft bonus?
While, he has plenty to celebrate these days and a killer handshake to show it.
The 20-year-old right-hander has enjoyed record-breaking success in his sophomore season at Vanderbilt.
At 14-0, Beede has set school records for total wins and consecutive wins to start a season, surpassing Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price’s mark of 11-0. He also has a sparkling 2.20 earned-run average and 101 strikeouts in 98.1 innings, while hitters are batting just .177 against him.
Beede was the only first-rounder of the 2011 draft not sign after turning down the Blue Jays’ offer of $2.5 million. Toronto’s offer was higher than the MLB’s recommended “slot” bonus at that spot of $1.3 million, but $1 million less than what the Auburn, Mass., native was seeking in compensation.
As a result the Blue Jays will have to look elsewhere for a stud college pitcher/handshake master/rap star, unless they take another crack at him when he re-enters the draft in 2014.