By: Donny Porcaro
Get ready U.S.A, the guy with the most American name in baseball is coming to a Major League stadium near you. His name is Seth Beer. Haven't heard of him? You will soon.
Seth Beer is a first basemen/outfielder out of Clemson and may just be a future triple crown winner. It seems like a lot for a kid who hasn't played in one major league game, but this kid is special. If Aaron Judge is a step in the right direction to change baseball, Beer will be headed that same way. He is still a couple of years away, but he is already looking like absolute stud.
Entering his third season at Clemson, Beer has already dominated the NCAA. Coming out of Lambert High School, Beer graduated a semester early in his senior year to join the Tigers for the 2016 season. In what should have been his senior year of high-school, Beer one the Dick Howser trophy, given to the national college baseball player of the year. Coming in a year early, he was voted the best player in the nation, and was also the first freshman ever to win the award.
During that 2016 season, Beer had a .370 average, with 18 home runs and 70 RBIs. Not only did Beer hit for power and average, but he saw pitches very well. He drew 62 walks which was third in the nation. His .535 on-base percentage was almost unheard of. Getting on base over 50% of the time is ridiculous, even in college.
After dominating competition in the 2016 season, he returned with a strong 2017 season. He was a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser award and was named second team All-American by NCBWA to go along with many other honors and awards. Beer continued to be one of the best players in baseball.
In the 2017 season, Beer showed his first season was not a fluke. His power numbers continued as he hit 16 home runs and had 53 RBIs. Once again, walks were a huge part of his game as he recorded 64 of them. Beer continued his impressive numbers and showed he can hit consistently at a high level.
To put these two seasons in perspective, you have to dive deep into these stats. In this two seasons, Beer started 125 games and hit .333 with an on-base percentage over .500. In those two season, Beer had 34 home runs and 123 RBIs. Once again the number that stands out is the 126 walks. This guy sees the ball so well and already looks like a major league batter.
The power numbers are there, but Beer knows how to get on base. He is a perfect combination of the conventional and moneyball tactics. In a stretch from 2016-2017, Beer reached base in 66 consecutive games. In his last 123 games, Beer has reached base in 120 of them. Combine that with the outstanding power he has, and this kid is projected to be an MLB stud.
Alright, so the kid is good. Really good. But the marketability of his name is off the charts. I had the chance to watch him play in person for Team U.S.A. and there really is something about one of those jerseys with “Beer” on the back that just screams out “America”. Look at Aaron Judge, who already has a section of Yankee stadium named after him. It won’t be too hard to make a “Beer Bar” in a section of another major league stadium.
When Beer enters the league, expect him to have early success. When he does, expect the baseball world to go crazy. He will have the top selling jersey, and social media will go wild. In fact I might consider patenting “Fear the Beer” before anyone else gets a chance to. This guy is going to be big time, and baseball is going to love him.
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