Beer named top-20 college prospect for MLB draft


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Seth Beer is regarded as high as the No. 27 overall prospect.
Seth Beer is regarded as high as the No. 27 overall prospect.

Clemson junior Seth Beer was named a top-20 college prospect for the MLB draft by Athlon Sports, at No. 20, on Friday.

"Beer is one of the most divisive prospects in this year’s class," Athlon writes. "He’s been one of the best hitters in college baseball for the past two years. But he doesn’t run well enough to really have a defensive position, and he hasn’t hit with wood."

After a slow start, Beer earned March national player of the month by hitting eight homers and knocking in 20 runs with a .294 average at the plate. On the season, Beer has hit .283 with five doubles, 10 homers and 25 RBIs, owning 28 walks and only 15 strikeouts.

MLB.com lists Beer, who has played in the outfield for the Tigers this season, as the No. 27 overall prospect as a first baseman. Baseball America's initial top-200 prospects pegged Beer at No. 34 as a 1B/OF prospect, also including signees Parker Meadows (OF: 104), Carter Raffield (RHP: 105), Charles Mack (SS/3B/C: 131) and Justin Wrobleski (LHP: 174) and current teammates Ryley Gilliam (RHP: 163) and Chris Williams (C: 199).

This year's MLB draft will be held June 4-6.

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