Chicago Cubs: Examining the importance of the 2018 MLB Draft
By Logan Whaley
Seth Beer, 1B/OF, Clemson
Seemingly sticking with a pattern, Seth Beer is another 1B prospect who should be on the Chicago Cubs radar in June. Beer is a 6’3”, 205-pound left-handed hitter who packs a punch.
Baseball America named Beer the Freshman of the Year last year, after slashing .369/.535/.700 and 18 home runs for Clemson.
He does possess excellent bat speed, as well as unmatched raw power and a high potential to bring something special at the next level. Beer is currently ranked as MLB’s 27th-best prospect and Baseball America’s 34th-best on the Top 200 list.
Beer is also a guy who has been linked as a potential top-10 pick at points, but due to the enormous amount of talent in the class, that will probably change.
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The 2018 Major League Baseball draft class is fraught with talent. As previously mentioned it is important to realize that prospects do not always work out, especially in baseball. The Cubs will have a reliable crop of players to choose from at No.24.
Because the team lacks depth at 1B and 3B, it would not be a shock if they set their sights on one of the big hitters, like Baker or Beer. Not surprisingly the Cubs could turn toward one of the big-armed pitchers as well.
Whatever the team decides to do, this year is an important one for the Cubs. With the talent available, they can set themselves up nicely for the future. It gives the Cubs an advantage here to possibly swoop in and make Seth Beer their first-round selection, which would not necessarily be a bad thing.