We can add another to that list now, at least in a bigger spotlight. Fans have known who Clayton Beeter is for a few years now, specifically since he was selected in the second round of the truncated 2020 MLB Draft.
The Texas Tech right-hander, despite not registering a win in his professional career (0-6 since the start of last season!), is filthy. He’s got an insane vertical slider and can locate his 95 MPH fastball very well.
All of that was on full display in his best outing yet in the Dodgers’ farm system Thursday night, during which he struck out eight batters in four innings of no-hit baseball. Yup, he’s already at Double-A Tulsa after finishing his first pro season there in 2021.
Another fast-riser on our hands? That’s the Andrew Friedman specialty. Though he’s starting games at the moment, nobody would be surprised to see this guy coming out of the bullpen for LA later in the season.
Could Clayton Beeter be another fast-riser for the Los Angeles Dodgers?
This is the Dodgers’ No. 15 overall prospect. Pretty, pretty good. In his first 11.2 innings of work in 2022, Beeter has struck out 22 batters and has maintained a 3.86 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Across his minor league career, he’s whiffed 101 in 64 innings. He’s a strikeout artist.
It’s nothing new, either. Beeter struck out 73 batters in 41.2 innings as a Red Raider and limited contact. His only real issue has been walks (4.1/9IP), but that’ll get sorted out over time. Fans should be much more impressed that he’s allowed only 68 hits over 105.2 innings since college.
If he’s managed to excel in this manner despite command issues, then … wow. It’s worth wondering if the Dodgers are eventually targeting him for some MLB reps later this year, given the early injury issues they’re having with the pitching staff (and the fatigue that’s to be expected in a few months as a result).
Either way, Beeter’s future is looking promising if he’s already becoming a highlight-reel in his 32nd career professional outing.