Seth Beer could not have a better start to his professional baseball career if he tried.
The former Clemson first baseman-outfielder made his minor league debut for the Tri-City ValleyCats (Troy, N.Y.) of the Class A short-season New York-Penn League on Friday. He wasted little time making an impact. In his first professional at-bat, Beer launched a 2-run, opposite-field home run.
— Mark Singelais (@MarkSingelais) June 16, 2018
Beer was selected in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros with the 28th pick. He signed with the Astros on Wednesday for $2.25 million, according to MLB.com’s Jim Callis.
1st-rder Seth Beer signs w/@Astros for $2.25 million (pick 28 value = $2,399,400). Clemson OF might have best three-year run of college production of anyone in this @MLBDraft, big power potential & very discerning eye at the plate.
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) June 13, 2018
The Suwanee, Ga., native hit .301 (68 for 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 this season. He walked 54 times compared to 36 strikeouts. The stellar season wrapped up a terrific career.
In his three years at Clemson, he hit 56 home runs and walked 180 times, while striking out 98 times. Beer was the first freshman to win the Dick Howser Trophy, given to college baseball’s best player. That season he was also named ACC Player of the Year after hitting .369 with 18 home runs and 70 RBI.
That level of production is why the Astros selected Beer with their top pick.
“Seth Beer has been college baseball’s premier slugger for the past three years; his resume speaks for itself,” Astros assistant general manager Mike Elias said in a team release following the signing. “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.”
It did not take long for Beer to back that up.