While the Dodgers choose Landon Knack with the second-round pick 60th overall, they had another pick in the Competitive Balance Round B thanks to former pitcher Kenta Maeda. In the trade that sent himself, catching prospect Jair Camargo, and cash considerations to the Minnesota Twins, the Dodgers received flame-throwing prospect Brusdar Graterol, Minor League outfielder Luke Raley, and the 66th overall pick in the MLB Draft which we now know has turned into Clayton… no not Kershaw, Beeter.
While it wasn’t exactly where we thought the Dodgers would draft him, he’s a Dodger nonetheless.
Beeter needed Tommy John surgery after his first semester as a Red Raider but has worked his way back to becoming an intriguing prospect. After being used as effective closer by Texas Tech, Beeter emerged as a No. 1 starter. In four starts before COVID-19 forced the end of the season early, the 6-foot-2 right-hander went 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 33 strikeouts in only 21 innings.
His fastball averaged in the mid-90s and has been clocked up to 98 mph. If you combine that pitch with a difference-making curveball, you have yourself a good foundation to build off of. Beeter has proven he can be an effective reliever as well as a starter which should give the Dodgers the ability to help Beeter succeed at the next level.
Clayton Beeter’s filth with the Dodgers’ player development is a dangerous combo: pic.twitter.com/2KTccikAyq
— Future Dodgers (@FutureDodgers) June 11, 2020
When asked before the draft about his future Beeter had some assuring words.
“It’s definitely exciting seeing where it looks like I’m going to go and the possibility of the opportunities ahead Leading up to that, I’ve been trying to keep my arm in shape just enough to start back up whenever we’re all allowed, whether that’s with Tech or professionally or whatever the case.”
His case is becoming a pitching prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Welcome to organization Clayton Beeter and thanks again Kenta.