3. Seth Beer, 1B, Arizona
This man was born to be on the Milwaukee Brewers. With a last name like ‘Beer’, he belongs in Milwaukee.
Beer is another hard hitting first baseman the Diamondbacks have in their system but have no place to put him with Christian Walker ahead of him on the depth chart.
Defensively, Beer isn’t great at either first base or corner outfield. But he has made some progress and he can improve to be at least passable at either position. The big thing with Beer is his bat.
In his two years in the minor leagues, Beer has a .294/.388/.508 slash line with 38 doubles and 38 home runs. Across High-A and Double-A in 2019, Beer slugged 26 homers in 122 games with 103 RBIs. Beer has struck out about 22% of the time in the minor leagues, which, for a big power hitter like Beer, actually isn’t that bad.
There were questions about Beer’s hit tool going into the 2018 Draft, which is why he fell a bit, but he’s made some tweaks to his swing in the minor leagues and they appear to have worked.
One potential issue for the Brewers is that Beer may not be ready to take over the big league first base job starting on Opening Day 2021. He hasn’t played in Triple-A yet, although he likely would’ve in 2020 and there’s a chance he’s ready for a big league role. But he’s not on Arizona’s 40 man roster and the Brewers may want to give him a little more seasoning before they entrust the role to him if they were to acquire him.
Should that be the case, the Brewers may need to grab another insurance policy at first base in the form of another veteran looking for a place to play on a cheap one year deal. Beer could provide a long term solution to the Crew’s first base woes, but he may not be able to step in immediately.
Perhaps the Brewers feel that he could step in right away, perhaps not. Pavin Smith, as mentioned earlier, likely could step in right away, as could Sheldon Neuse at third base.
Perhaps the Brewers don’t like any of these guys and if David Stearns is reading this, he’s laughing to himself because these three guys aren’t even close to who they’re targeting. Perhaps these are exactly the guys they’re looking at.
Expect the unexpected with David Stearns. He’s got some moves to make this winter and when he makes them, the only surprise would be if we aren’t surprised by it.
The Milwaukee Brewers need to address the corner infield spots. Adding any one of these three players would help bring a long-term solution to one of those positions.