Clemson's Beer drafted in MLB first round

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Clemson's Beer drafted in MLB first round

Clemson All-American right fielder Seth Beer was selected 28th overall in the first round by the Houston Astros Monday night.

"It means everything," Beer told Astros media after the selection. "Obviously, Houston the past couple of years has been on the come up and to get the call from the World Series champs is just an incredible opportunity and I'm so excited."

The Astros are slotted $2,399,400 for the 28th pick contract.

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias told reporters Monday that although Beer was announced as an outfielder, he could play first base as well as either corner outfield spot.

"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 paced the ACC in home runs (22) and slugging percentage (.642) this season and ranked second on the team in batting average (.301) and RBIs (54).

The Suwanee, Georgia product has hit 56 home runs and totaled 177 RBIs over 188 games as a Tiger.

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.

MLB draft analysts were split on Beer going as early as he did.

"This sounds like an Astros pick to me because how many guys do they have that we don't know what position they're going to play?" MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds said. "To me, it's about the bat. Watching him bat, he can turn on a ball and can drive it the other way. I watched him hit left-handers and right-handers...This guy can swing it. I like the fact that he stepped up in big games and really carried his club when they needed him to. Will he be able to play defensively? Yeah, I think he will be able to be somewhere in the outfield. The biggest thing the Astros are looking at is the bat and they'll figure out where he goes from there."

"There are (concerns). I don't think there's any chance he plays the outfield," MLB Network's Jim Callis said. "He's a first baseman all the way, if not a DH. It all comes down to the bat with Seth Beer. He's a polarizing prospect in some regards. If you like him, there is a lot to like...In the last three years, he's probably been the most productive hitter in college baseball. He's also walked about twice as much as he's struck out.

"Flipside of that is he's had very little history of success with wood bats. He hasn't hit well with team USA the last two summers and didn't hit well in the high school showcase circuit before he went to Clemson. This is probably going to be a boom or bust pick where he hits a ton or not at all. Teams were really conflicted on that."

Clemson’s last first-round selection was infielder Richie Shaffer, who went with the 25th pick to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012.

Beer has a remaining year of college eligibility and until a mid-July deadline to sign a pro contract.














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