Beer, Astros agree to deal
The slot value for Beer's 28th-pick selection in the MLB Draft first round was $2,339,400 but he signed under at $2.25 million.
According to the report, Beer will start his pro career in Short-Season A-ball for Tri-City in Troy, New York.
"I'm excited to get out to Houston and see what's going on in the town," Beer told MLB.com. "I've never been to Texas before but I'm really excited to make the journey out there..."I'm just really excited to get it going and do whatever I can to help the organization."
The Astros drafted Beer as an outfielder but assistant GM Mike Elias said he could also see time at first base at the next level.
"Certainly once we get him into our minor league system, his work with our coaches and the construction of our roster as he approaches the big league level will determine where he ends up," Elias said.
Beer led the ACC in home runs (22) and slugging percentage (.642) and ranked second on the Tigers in batting average (.301) and RBIs (54) last season. He totaled 56 home runs and 177 RBIs over three seasons.
He won the Dick Howser Trophy for the nation’s best player as a freshman in 2016, when he hit .369 with 18 home runs, 70 RBIs and a .700 slugging percentage.
The Suwanee, Georgia is ready to live out a dream.
“It’s something you dream about as a kid. Growing up, that’s the kind of stuff that drives me every day,” Beer said this week. “To see my family there with me to experience it was just something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.”
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