Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Beede turns down Jays, headed to Vandy
By Brendan Hall
The Toronto Blue Jays and their first-round draft pick, Lawrence Academy righthander Tyler Beede, let Monday night's deadline for signing picks pass, and the high school phenom will be honoring his commitment to Vanderbilt University.
Talks broke down over the asking price on Beede's signing bonus, which was considerably higher than the suggested $1.3 million for his slot. Beede said the club's final offer was $2.5 million, and that he didn't budge from the $3.5 million figure he was looking for.
Beede was the lone first-rounder not to sign.
The 6-foot-4 hard-throwing Auburn resident was taken 21st overall by the Jays last June, after a phenomenal senior season with the Spartans, posting an 8-0 record, 102 strikeouts in 51 innings and a 0.69 ERA, to earn ESPNBoston's inaugural "Mr. Baseball" award. He was the first high schooler from Massachusetts to go in the first round since Peabody High's Jeff Allison was taken 16th overall by the Marlins in 2003.