Beer will join the Diamondbacks' big-league camp this spring.
Beer came to Arizona in the Zack Greinke trade on deadline day. He struggled to a .205/.297/.318 line in 24 games for Double-A Jackson after posting a .299/.407/.543 line in 63 games for Double-A Corpus Christi prior to the trade. He'll need to prove himself at the Triple-A level before being considered for a big-league job.
Beer was traded from the Astros to the Diamondbacks along with Corbin Martin, J.B. Bukauskas and Josh Rojas in exchange for Zack Greinke, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
On the one hand, Beer was blocked in Houston, so it's good to get him out of there, but on the other hand, he is best suited as a designated hitter in the American League, and now he will need to show he can hit enough to justify placement in an outfield corner. Beer is hitting .299/.407/.543 with 16 home runs in 280 plate appearances at Double-A. He has major upside in batting average, on-base percentage and home runs.
Beer was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on Thursday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The 2018 first-rounder hit .328/.414/.602 with nine homers and 34 RBI in 35 games for High-A Fayetteville before earning a promotion to Double-A. There is no doubt that Beer can hit, but the bigger question is where he lands defensively or if he's a DH-only prospect. Either way, he'll look to continue mashing his way up the minor-league latter.
Beer went 2-for-4 with a solo home run for High-A Fayetteville on Tuesday.
Beer, the Astros' first-round pick in 2018, leads the Carolina League with 28 RBI and is near the top in all other major hitting categories. The left-handed-hitting outfielder is currently riding a six-game hitting streak, during which he's slashing .400/.444/.880 with three home runs, three doubles and seven RBI. He started at first base Tuesday, the 13th time in 29 games he's played there. There are no second thoughts about Beer's ability to slug, but the ultimate question is where he lands defensively or if he's a DH-only prospect.
Beer was called up to High-A Buies Creek on Monday, Sam Dykstra of MiLB reports.
Beer only spent a month with Low-A Quad Cities after earning a quick promotion from short-season Tri City following just 11 games with the team. Across 28 outings with Quad Cities, he slashed .342/.430/.486 with three home runs, 16 RBI and one stolen base.