Beer Added to Astros Future OF Commitments

Seth Beer, OF
Clemson Tigers
1st Round Draft Pick
Houston Astros 2018

Beer Added to Astros Future Outfielder Commitments

Along with the prospective outfield talent that Kyle Tucker already appears to be, and on top of the fact that the ever flexible and productive Marwin Gonzalez and sporadically hard-hitting and always hustling Josh Reddick are both still available with some apparent gas left in each of their tanks, — to say nothing about the also already on the scene good bat and athletically skilled Tony Kemp, — the Astros aren’t taking any chances on not having several possible answers for their near and distant futures at every position on the field.

Here’s how the Astros release message expressed it relative to their long range needs for power-hitting outfielders, especially along the two down the line positions :

The Houston Astros have signed 2018 first-round MLB Draft selection OF Seth Beer today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The announcement was made by Astros Assistant General Manager, Player Acquisition, Mike Elias.

“Seth Beer has been college baseball’s premier slugger for the past three years; his resume speaks for itself,” said Elias. “We feel his productivity will translate well to the professional game and see him as a potential impact bat for our lineup. We are delighted to add Seth to what is already one of baseball’s strongest farm systems.”

Both Beer and Elias will be available to credentialed media today at 5:45 p.m. on the fifth floor of Union Station at Minute Maid Park. Media should enter Union Station on Crawford Street utilizing the employee entrance, where an Astros Communications staff member will assist with entry.

The Astros drafted the 21-year-old junior out of Clemson University with the 28th overall pick in the draft. In 2018, Beer hit .301 (68×226) with 11 doubles, 22 home runs and 54 RBI while posting a 1.098 OPS (.642 SLG/.456 OBP) in 63 games for the Tigers. He walked 54 times, compared to just 36 strikeouts this season. 

For the past three seasons (2016-18), Beer has been one of the top hitters in the nation, displaying considerable power and outstanding patience. He combined for 56 home runs and 180 walks, while striking out just 98 times. In 2016, his first season on campus, Beer had an historic season, becoming the first freshman ever to win the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy after hitting .369 with 18 HR, 70 RBI and 62 walks while striking out just 27 times (1.235 OPS). Beer won several other awards that season, including ACC Player of the Year and All-American honors.

Beer had another stellar season as a sophomore in 2017, hitting .298 with 16 HR, 53 RBI and 64 walks with just 35 strikeouts (1.084 OPS). That summer, he was selected to play for the USA Collegiate National Team. 

Position: Outfielder
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Height/Weight: 6-3/195
Age: 21
College: Clemson

~ Italicized Excerpt from MLB Media News, Wednesday, June 13, 2018



Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle


2 Responses to “Beer Added to Astros Future OF Commitments”

  1. bobcopus Says:

    I was glad to see he was available for the astros at the 28th pick.

  2. Mark W. Says:

    Some may not foam at the mouth over a 28th round pick, but with a mug like his it would be great to see him brew up a solid future in baseball.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: