Monday, June 4, 2018

Is There A Clemson Tiger "Brewing" In The Red Sox Draft War Room Tonight?

The chatter is growing. Despite the need for pitching in the Red Sox organization, they might just take a flyer on one of the most intriguing players in tonight's 2018 MLB Draft—1B/OF Seth Beer of Clemson. The 6'3" junior out of Georgia (who bats left and throws right) has raw power (56 HRs in 188 total games), hits for average (.321 in his college career) and is an on-base machine (.489). In fact, he ranks #1 in Clemson history in walks-per-at-bat (one every 3.34). However, many scouts cite defense as a major weakness for Beer—with little range, speed or arm strength to speak of. There's also the question of whether big-league hurlers will pitch around his power and get him out with junk. In fact, over two Summers playing for Team USA, Beer did not produce at the same levels as he has in college. But, the overall consensus seems to be that his raw talent is translatable to MLB, so he could be an interesting gamble at #26 in the first round. Plus, just imagine potential Sam Adams TV spots with both Beer and Tedy Bruschi (see what we did there?). Stay tuned.