Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.) righthander Tyler Beede impressed scouts on the showcase circuit last summer, playing in events like the Tournament of Stars, Area Code Games and Aflac All-American Classic. Beede has only helped his stock this spring, going 5-0, 0.50 with 71 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched while walking five and allowing only seven hits.
Beede is one of several high-school hurlers from The Bay State, which one talent evaluator called “The Arms Race of Massachusetts,” and is one of the best in recent memory. Those pitchers include, among others: John Magliozzi (rhp, Dexter School), Pat Connaughton (rhp, St. John’s Prep) and Adam Ravenelle (rhp, Lincoln-Sudberry HS).
Magliozzi, a Florida commit, is a 5-foot-10, 175-pounder from Milton, Mass. He sits at 89-92 mph with his fastball and touches 95, while mixing in a mid-70s curveball and an 80-82 changeup.
Connaughton, from Arlington, Mass., has committed to play basketball and baseball for Notre Dame, and he has a projectable 6-foot-5, 190-pound frame. He has an 87-93 mph fastball and both a 74-76 curveball and a 78-80 slider.
And the 6-foot-3, 185-pound Ravenelle has signed with Vanderbilt, where he could form a formidable 1-2 punch with Beede in the Commodores’ rotation. The Sudbury, Mass., native’s fastball ranges from 89-92 mph, and he throws 73-76 curveball.
For more on Beede, check out today's Varsity Vignette, but in the mean time, here are some of Beede’s thoughts on his fellow Massachusetts pitchers…
Baseball America: When did you realize the depth and quality of this year's class of Massachusetts high school arms? Was there a specific time where it really stood out?
Tyler Beede: Definitely. It was probably when we were all trying out for the Area Code Games, and we realized that we have a core of six to seven pitchers in one main area in Massachusetts that were real talented, as far as (BB&N lefthander Andrew) Chin, (BB&N righthander Devin) Perry, Magliozzi, Connaughton, Ravenelle, myself, and there’s (Benford, N.H. righthander) Joey Maher too. There’s a bunch of guys around here that are high-level pitchers, and it’s tough to find that kind of crop around Massachusetts and the New England area, especially in one graduation year. We were really happy to represent the Massachusetts area in the Area Code Games, and we feel we have one of the top pitching classes in the country, as far as the Massachusetts pitchers.
BA: Tell me about some of the guys you mentioned, like Maggliozi, Ravenelle and Connaughton. What makes them the pitchers that they are?
Beede: I’ve played against him each season. He’s a real competitive guy. He really brings that bulldog mentality every time he’s pitching. He wants to win no matter who he’s playing, whether it’s the 14-year-old All-Star team or the New York Yankees. He’s always going to battle and give his best each time out there. He’ll bring a little intensity, he’ll fist-pump or yell when he strikes a guy out. But Maggliozi is a really impressive kid, and I really admire what he’s doing. He’s a smaller kid, and people tell him that all the time, but he really has an attitude or edge that makes him seem much larger. He brings the heat too.
As far as Ravenelle, I’ve worked out with him a lot in the offseason. I don’t play against him, but he works really hard. He’s really grown over the years. He had some tough mechanical changes he’s had to work on in the offseason, but he’s been correcting them and he’s going to be a real great teammate at Vanderbilt, and I’m excited to play with him.
Connaughton, he’s very talented. He’s got the basketball skills, without a doubt, he’s probably the best basketball player I’ve seen in a while come out of the Massachusetts area. In baseball, he’s just very athletic. He has to prepare for basketball and baseball in the offseason, which is a tough thing, because they’re back-to-back seasons, and to be able to play basketball the way he does at the Division-I level and baseball is a real impressive thing.