The D-backs announced Wednesday that they’ve designated first baseman/designated hitter Seth Beer for assignment. His spot on the 40-man roster will go to top pitching prospect Brandon Pfaadt, whose previously reported promotion has now been formally announced by the team. Righty Peter Solomon was optioned to Triple-A Reno to clear a spot for Pfaadt on the 26-man roster. Pfaadt will make his MLB debut and start today’s game for Arizona.
Beer, 26, was acquired from the Astros alongside Josh Rojas, Corbin Martin and J.B. Bukauskas in the 2019 deadline trade that sent Zack Greinke to Houston. He’s seen brief MLB time in the past two seasons but posted a .208/.294/.292 batting line in a total of 136 plate appearances.
Broadly speaking, Beer has a much more productive track record in Triple-A, where he’s batted .260/.370/.460 with 32 home runs, 55 doubles, an 18.2% strikeout rate and a 9.7% walk rate in 916 trips to the plate. That said, the year-to-year breakdown of Beer’s Triple-A production is less encouraging. After posting a strong .287/.398/.511 batting line there in 2021 (128 wRC+), his numbers dipped to about league-average in 2022 and have fallen all the way to a .200/.266/.314 slash in 79 plate appearances to begin the current season.
Beer, the No. 28 overall pick in the 2018 draft, was always viewed as a bat-first prospect who’d need to hit at a very high level to justify his lack of speed and defensive upside. He did that up through the 2021 season, but the past two years have brought about a downturn. That said, he still has a minor league option remaining beyond the current season, so a team in need of a left-handed bat with some power potential could view the 26-year-old as an intriguing buy-low candidate. The D-backs will have a week to trade Beer or attempt to pass him through outright waivers. If he were to go unclaimed, he wouldn’t have the ability to decline the assignment, as he has neither three years of MLB service nor a prior outright assignment in his career.
Tears for Beers
More like a lite Beer.
Not even suitable for Coors.
This Beer is skunked.
bag o ballz
A’s need that! Wonder if the players have to pay for soda again…
Mike Hazen has gotta be the only dude in history to send a Beer back
Pour one out
Brewers need to sign Beer
White Sox would work. Beer & Burger. Need to get Fry for the BP though.
The Brewers jersey with “Beer” on the back would be absolutely awesome
His number would have to be 30
I would have to buy one of those.
Baseball-reference says a “Pete Fries” played in the 1800s lol
Add Zach Pop and you have a family cook out.
Jace Fry couldn’t be worse that what they have sent out there this year…
Brewers or the ‘Strohs. They’re at lagerheads over it.
minor league guy
came here just to see this… i was beside myself when the brewers didnt draft this dude
I will gladly claim a Beer!
C’mon ATL drop Ozuna and put Beer at DH
Imagine being so filthy rich with prospects that Seth Beer gets cut.
Poor fielding 1B/DH type….those are dime a dozen players now a days.
26 year olds hitting .200/.266/.314 in parks that average 10+ runs per game arent prospects anymore, sorry but this isnt something you can flex over.
Orioles will try to get him.
It’s funny how that Greinke deal worked out for Arizona. Rojas was pretty clearly the “throw in” part of it and has by far been the most productive piece Arizona acquired.
I remember a similar deal with the CC Sabathia to the Brewers deal. The main prospect, Matt LaPorta, flopped big time as did the other two named prospects in the trade. But the PTBNL turned into Michael Brantley and basically saved the deal from becoming one of the worst ever.
Brewers already have Bukauskas from that deal, they should definitely go for Beer.
One down, one to go.
Or one down, five more to go. Assuming you picked up a six pack.
Maybe its just a tall boy?
Can’t be worse than Aaron Hicks…do something Cashman.
You are so very, very wrong its blowing my mind you actually wrote this
Can’t be worse than Aaron Hicks… do something Cashman.
I hope the White Sox pick Beer up so he can play in the same infield with Burger.
Baseball reference says there was once a “Pete Fries” too haha
Gotta be Nationals, being they are getting every former top prospect ever
It’s a business plan. 😉
Who’s going to be holding the Beer?
He can always start a podcast with Tedy.
“Broadly speaking, Beer has a much more productive track record in Triple-A”
That’s because they’re 5 bucks each in the minors.
Why do I feel like he’ll go to Tampa and turn his career around?
That’s a very likely outcome, I’m sure they’d try if they knew he had something worth unlocking.
Tampa could probably use another lefty bat, they seem pretty right heavy. But Beer isn’t the type of guy they usually go for. Tampa values infield defense and positional flexibility, basically the exact opposite of what Beer brings to the table. I could see the Rays’ current opponent, the Pirates, taking a chance on him, they could use a lefty at 1b since Choi is out for awhile.
Motor City Beach Bum
Scott Harris special for Detroit. He’s got to be better than Nevin was.
Vince Ferragamo's Dog
Goin cold turkey Dbacks fans
They barley got to know him.
You have a rye sense of humor
I always thought he would make a good defensive outfielder as I heard he has good hops
You guys are lager than life. All these puns are good for what ales you and makes me extra hoppy.
I wouldn’t be too mad if the mariners picked him up. Our offense has been atrocious this season and it is a pretty low risk move. Worst case scenario is he sucks just like the rest of our offense and gets dfad, and best case scenario is he is a good addition to our offense and gets some dh starts and pinch hit opportunities off the bench
He still has options; if somebody is willing to carry him on their 40-man to wait for his bat to come around in AAA that’s probably the most that can be expected of him.
The bat hasn’t been good this season, and that doesn’t work for a 1B/DH only.
Its a small sample size, and that’s never what you want with Beer.
Dbacks 6-2 in the ninth!
Let’s put this to bed!
Oh no. Oh, NO!
You gotta like the resiliency of these kids! Down twice, have come back twice thus far. Go get ’em boys!