The Coors Effect

June 28, 2009 10:46 AM

Scott Beerer impressing as a hitter

Scott Beerer was drafted by the Rockies in the second round of the 2003 draft, after a junior season at Texas A&M in which he impressed as both a pitcher (6-1, 1.82 ERA, 58 strikeouts and 12 walks in 49.1 innings) and as a hitter (.335/.379/.547.)  The Rockies initially tried him as a pitcher, but injuries led to a loss of command, and ultimately led to the Rockies releasing him.

Apparently somebody in the Rockies organization remembered that Beerer had been a pretty good hitter in college, and the Rockies brought him back into camp this spring as an outfielder.  And, playing at third base, left field, and DH, Beerer has gotten off to a hot start in his first official week as a professional hitter: a .593 average, with five doubles, a triple, and 10 RBI.  Obviously, the average is not sustainable, but a week that impressive has to have turned a few heads in the Rockies front office.

Now, it's just one week, but the question that has to be asked is: how aggressive do the Rockies want to be with Beerer?  He's almost 27, which is normally too old to still be considered a prospect, but in this case we're talking about a guy who had barely faced live pitching in the last six years (he did get a couple of at bats for Modesto in '06, but that's it.)  Considering his age, and the fact that he's made hitting look easy so far, the Rockies might want to consider a quick promotion to see just what they have on their hands.  After all, given that he's been around a while, Beerer is Rule 5 draft-eligible, so if the Rockies don't figure out quickly what they've got on their hands, somebody might decide to try to snag him and see what he has.  Yes, that seems like an unlikely scenario right now, but then it also seemed pretty unlikely that somebody would pick up Everth Cabrera, who hit .284/.361/.399 in A-ball last year.

The other obvious concern is finding a position for him; three of his six appearances this season have been as a DH.  Unless the Rockies move to the American League sometime soon, he's not going to be playing there in the majors.

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