The Dbacks call up hot-hitting, pale-ale, Top Prospect Seth Beer FINALLY
That’s right folks, the player with the best last name in baseball is finally with the MLB club. Mike Hazen must have drunk some Four Peaks and saw the light! The Dbacks finally called up Seth Beer from Triple-AAA Reno on Friday. It’s been well deserved.
First though, how did the team wind up with the favorite alcoholic drink for many on their team? The Diamondbacks had been wanting Beer for a while. A long while. In fact, they have wanted him ever since his Clemson days. In 2016, as a Freshman, he won the 2016 Freshman of the Year award while also winning the National Player of the Year award! That season at Clemson, he went .369, .535, .700,1.235 with 18 HR’s, 70 RBI’s, 62 walks, and only 27 K’s in 62 games (284 plate appearances). That’s IMPRESSIVE. He continued to hit well until he got drafted at the end of the 1st round by the Astros. The Dbacks were so enthralled with him that they tried to acquire him when they offering the Astros Paul Goldschmidt. This was after the 2018 season.
Of course, we know that Goldy was dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals for Carson Kelly, Luke Weaver, and Andrew Young. Thus, the Dbacks still had to be on the hunt for some Beer.
In only half a season with the Astros minor league teams in 2019, Beer hit .299, .407, .543, .950 in 280 plate appearances, 40 runs scored, 70 hits, 16 HRs, 52 RBIs, 24 walks, 58 K’s, and did all that in only 63 games. It was the MLB trade deadline in 2019 and the Diamondbacks finally got their Beer.
On that day, the team acquired Corbin Martin, Seth Beer, JB Buskauskas, and Josh Rojas from the Houston Astros for Zack Greinke and cash. Beer was rated as the Astros 4th best prospect at the time behind Corbin Martin. He ended 2019 on a low note as he struggled a lot following the trade.
Then it was 2020. Seth was hot in Spring Training. Then the season was lost for all minor leaguers including Beer. Luckily, he was one of the few chosen to play at the alternate site and continue training/practicing. He was able to really work on his defense which had been really lacking at that time.
During that time, he really improved his outlook at the plate and his defense. Now, his defense is at least good enough that his bat can easily compensate for the lack of defense at first base. Overall, he would be an amazing DH ala Yordan Alvarez but until the NL (never I hope, traditionalist, sue me) (Just kidding, please don’t) brings the DH over, Beer has to be able to at least play1st base.
So far this year, he has been the MVP of the Reno Aces. Fans have been clamoring for him to be called up for a long, long, time. Over his 100 games at Triple-AAA this year, the 24-year old has smoked the ball to a tune of a .287, .398, .511, .909 batting line. Included in that great batting line are 33 doubles, 16 HRs, 59 RBIs, and a solid 39-76 walk to strikeout ratio.
As you may have heard, Seth Beer appeared in Friday’s game as a pinch-hitter. In his lone at-bat, he hit a solo-HR. That’s a really good start to your Major League career! He’s starting tonight at the DH spot for the Dbacks against the Mariners. Congratulations Seth!
Also, a huge Congratulations to Henry Ramos for hitting his first MLB HR in Seattle Friday night as well!
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Caleb Smith’s 10-Game Suspension upheld
Sadly, the MLB has upheld Caleb Smith’s suspension appeal for illegal substances on his glove. He had been found to be in violation soon after umpires ejected him from the game against the Phillies at Chase Field roughly a month ago.
He appealed and the determination was finally announced today. Unfortunately, the appeal was denied. Caleb Smith will now miss 10 games. That’s not all. Even worse, the Dbacks will now be forced to play with a 27-man roster for those 10 games. In September, the rosters expand to 28.
Since when a player is found in violation of substances on gloves, both the team and player are punished. This will put an even larger onus on our crappy bullpen. It might cause the team to send down a position player even which really sucks. That’s not fair for a position player who worked hard to earn his spot. Anyways, hopefully, the team can somewhat survive this and nothing else happens.
Never Forget, 9/11 always in our hearts
Never Forget, 9/11, while it may have been 20 years, that doesn’t mean we don’t still honor and respect and remember all the lives lost in those evil and horrific attacks. Nor do we forget those who died in the pursuit of defense of this great nation both domestic and international. May you give a thank you to any cop, Dr, firefighter, EMT, or military member you see/meet.
Hug your family tighter tonight and don’t take anything for granted. You never know when it might just get taken away. We are only able to live this way thanks to those that protect us. May this day forever be remembered not for the tragedy but for the courage that so many Americans displayed and showed. I know I will never forget, I hope you don’t either. May you be safe and healthy. Never Forget, 9/11. Let’s Roll…
May the Force Be with You…