Well the rosters are all set and tomorrow, the 2018 campaign begins for the Tri-City ValleyCats. They will host the Vermont Lake Monsters at “The Joe” with the first pitch slated for just after 7 p.m. and I’m super excited.
If you don’t already know, the ValleyCats are a farm team for the Houston Astros and a lot of players have went through Troy to on their way to making the big show — 54 to be exact. There’s a player that is in this year’s crop that has a huge upside and will almost certainly be seen on the big stage.
He’s a fierce batter that hit over .350 in his freshman season at Clemson. A lefty batter that has a 2-1 walk to strikeout ratio. A dominant 6’3″ 195 power hitter that can hit anywhere in the order. Oh yeah, and he might also have one of the best names in baseball.
Seth Beer is a 21 year old outfielder/first baseman from Maryville, Illinois. He was selected in the 1st round (28th overall) by the defending World Series Champion Houston Astros.
The Astros fell in love with his bat and deemed him a power hitter that hits for contact. A lot of people are already comparing him to Alex Bregman, who the Astros selected 2nd overall in the 2015 MLB Draft.
It only took Bregman about a season and a half to rise the ranks and make it to the bigs, so the ValleyCats might not have Beer for too long, but in the meantime you might want to go to “The Joe” and see a young star and sip on a cold one.
Beer models his swing after Ken Griffey Jr. (the greatest left handed hitter in the history of baseball) and likes to hit in near the top of the lineup. He grew up an Atlanta Braves fan and would like to carry himself and treat the game the same way Chipper Jones did.
Beer graduated high school early and went on to hit 18 home runs for the Clemson Tigers as a freshman when he should have been a senior in high school and going to prom and stuff. He was the first freshman to win the Dick Howser Award. This Beer is ahead of his time and you don’t want to miss you chance to see him play this summer right here in Troy.
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