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
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 (68x226) 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.
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The following 10 draft selections have also been signed: SS Jeremy Peña (3rd rd), RHP Cody Deason (5th rd), C Cesar Salazar (7th rd), RHP Austin Hansen (8th rd), OF Chandler Taylor (10th rd), RHP Mark Moclair (12th rd), OF Marty Costes (22nd rd), IF David Hensley (26th rd), C Juan Paulino (27th rd) and RHP Layne Henderson (30th rd).