The player with the best name in baseball plays in Arizona. The snakes acquired Seth Beer via trade with the Houston Astros. The exchange not only consisted of the 2018 first-round pick from the 'Stros. They added J.B. Bukauskas, Corbin Martin, and Josh Rojas to the Diamondbacks for Zack Greinke and cash.
Beer did play five games in 2021. In ten plate appearances, he was batting .444/.500/.889 with a 1.389 OPS. In the same five games, he got four hits (including a home run), three RBIs, walked once, and struck out three times. Excellent numbers but a tiny sample. But, Seth Beer started the 2022 season with a bang. He walked off the first game of the season by hitting a 386ft home run to right field, scoring the two on base, and giving him a three RBI win over the Padres with one swing of the bat. It was also National Beer Day! What are the odds?
The designated hitter for the D-Backs has not stopped since, slashing .306/.414/.429 with a .842 in 58 plate appearances. His strikeout percentage is still 22.4%. In comparison, his walk percentage is down to 10.3%. The kid needs plate discipline. If he can take more pitches per at-bat a create a good vision on the plate, he could be the next J.D. Martinez. He can also stay in Arizona by implementing the designated hitter in the National League.
Seth Beer can be the new face of the Diamondbacks, at least in this season. Compared to his teammates, Beer is doing much better. Arizona's bats woke up during the last two games in Nationals Park. Still, the team combined is slashing .182/.277/.312 with a .588 OPS in 656 plate appearances. The D-Backs have a strikeout percentage of 2.1%, with an average of 9.50 strikeouts per game. Ranking Arizona as one of the teams with a lineup that can pad an opposing pitcher's strikeout total.
Currently, Christian Walker is batting in the cleanup spot with a slash line of .161/.257/.387 with 15 strikeouts in 70 plate appearances, which is not acceptable. Walker may have seniority in the team as a veteran, but his at-bats are not deemed to be placed in the 4th hole. If Seth Beer continues his wrecking path, Walker's days as a cleanup man may be over sooner than later.
So, if you have not purchased a Seth Beer's rookie baseball card at this point, you better hurry up. Price will be on the rise. This rookie is a must-watch every time he sets foot on the plate. But, Beer is only the beginning of what is to come with the Diamondbacks.