The Dodgers wouldn’t be where they are today without contributions from their part time role players. Guys like Chris Taylor, Max Muncy, Enrique Hernandez, David Freese, and even Joc Pederson have given them incredible roster depth. Those guys can play multiple positions and come off the bench in the late innings for late game hits. Some of them have gone onto exceed their temporary roles into members of the starting lineup on an everyday call. They are flexible, powerful and talented. There is one such player who has gone above and beyond his part time tag, playing his way onto the active roster on a permanent basis. The man I am talking about is Matt Beaty.
The 26-year old outfielder has been undeniably one of their best clutch hitters throughout the season. One didn’t think much of him when he first arrived. Although to be fair he did look impressive in spring training. Cactus League pitching however is a far cry from regular season major league pitching. Fortunately Beaty has shown the ability to hit anyone.
Through his first 160 plate appearances Beaty is slashing .292/.319/.487 with 5 home runs 31 runs driven in and 45 base knocks. He’s posted an .806 OPS and an above league average OPS+ mark of 109. What’s even more amazing is what Beaty does coming into games off the bench and with runners in scoring position.
As a pinch-hitter, beaty is 6 for 15 (.400) and 8 for 22 as a substitute. It’s no surprise that during Dodger wins he’s hitting .321 (36 for 112) 25 runs driven in. He hasn’t slowed down during the month of August either, batting .350 and .326 in the second half. He’s been one of the Dodgers most consistent hitters.
His biggest skill is hitting with runners in scoring position. With RISP, Beaty is slashing .415/.467/.756 (17 for 41 with 3 home runs and 27 runs batted in. With men on base he is batting .338 with 4 home runs and 30 runs driven in and against opposing team’s bullpens he is batting .300 with 20 runs batted in. In high leverage situations he is hitting an unbelievable .400 (12 for 30) with 3 home runs and 19 runs batted in.
I love to recognize players who go above and beyond their job titles. Beaty is not only an assassin with runners on base, but he’s as poised as a player who’s been in the majors for a decade. The man has ice in his veins and when the game is in the later frames and the Dodgers have runners in scoring position, there is nobody else I want up at the dish more than him. Let’s take a moment out of our day to pay tribute to Matt Beaty’s solid hitting. Mr. Beaty, keep up the great work. We at LADR salute you.