The 2022 MLB draft is rapidly approaching. Here at Reviewing the Brew we will be profiling potential Brewers draft prospects. Today, we are going to look at an outfielder from the University of Tennessee in Jordan Beck.
At 6’3″ and 225 lbs, Jordan Beck profiles best defensively as a corner outfielder. Some scouts have indicated that he does run well for his size, which means he may get a look at centerfield, but his size and strong throwing arm likely means a corner position will be best for him.
At the plate, Beck has the ability to mash the ball. In his sophomore and junior years he hit 15 and 18 home runs while collecting over 60 RBI’s both seasons. He also hit 16 and 15 doubles in each of those seasons.
From 2021 to 2022 he saw huge rises in his already impressive numbers. His slash line rose from .271/.336/.523/.859 to .298/.391/.595/.986. The 100 point jump in OPS was in large part due to a higher batting average and improved discipline at the plate.
Weakness wise, at times Beck tends to get aggressive at the plate and struggles with plate discipline against off-speed pitches. The good news is that when he does make contact, the ball tends to travel a long ways.
2022 MLB Draft prospect Jordan Beck’s pro comparison is current Brewers outfielder Hunter Renfroe.
There are a lot of similarities when it comes to Jordan Beck and Hunter Renfroe. Aside from similar physical statures, similar strengths, and same positions, they both played in the Southeastern Conference in college.
They both initially were drafted by the Boston Red Sox as well. Renfroe was drafted in the 30th round by the Red Sox in 2010 and ended up playing college ball and improved his draft stock and was eventually taken in the first round.
All signs are pointing towards a similar path for Beck who initially was drafted in the 14th round in 2019 out of high school, but elected to honor his commitment to Tennessee. It is now very likely that he will be a first round draft selection.
The Brewers have a bevy of outfield prospects in their farm system, including Sal Frelick and Garrett Mitchell, the Crew’s last two first round picks. Could they make it three years in a row with a sweet swinging college outfielder? If they do, Beck could be that guy.
Beck is currently the 22nd ranked prospect in this year’s draft. The Red Sox own the 24th pick in this year’s draft whereas the Brewers are 27th. It will be interesting to see if he remains on the board long enough for the Brewers to have a shot at drafting him.