Austin Beck
Oakland Athletics
Outfielder
Born: (1998-11-21) November 21, 1998 (age 23)
Lexington, North Carolina
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Austin Steven Beck (born November 21, 1998) is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Oakland Athletics organization.

Career

Amateur career

Beck attended North Davidson High School in Welcome, North Carolina. As a junior he hit .465 with five home runs and 30 runs batted in (RBI). In pre-game warm-ups prior to his team's first playoff game that year, he tore his ACL causing him to miss the remainder of the playoffs.[1] Beck returned from the injury to start his senior year.[2][3] Beck committed to the University of North Carolina to play college baseball.[4][5]

Professional career

Beck was considered one of the top prospects for the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.[6][7] The Oakland Athletics selected him with the sixth overall selection of the draft.[8] The club signed him to a franchise-record $5.303 million contract.[9] After signing, Beck was assigned to the AZL Athletics, where he spent the whole season, posting a .211 batting average with two home runs and 28 RBIs in 41 games.[10]

Beck spent the 2018 season with the Beloit Snappers of the Class A Midwest League,[11] slashing .296/.335/.383 with two home runs and 60 RBIs in 123 games[12] and earning All-Star honors.[13] He spent 2019 with the Stockton Ports of the Class A-Advanced California League.[14] Over 85 games, he batted .251/.302/.411 with eight home runs and 49 RBIs.[15]

References

  1. ^ "Austin Beck's Stock On The Rise As Torn ACL Heals - BaseballAmerica.com". 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ Dispatch, Mike Duprez The. "Knights keep making teams pay for Beck's intentional passes".
  3. ^ Journal, Kegan Lowe Winston-Salem. "Defending champs North Davidson has different look this season".
  4. ^ Dispatch, Mike Duprez The. "North's Beck signs with Tar Heels".
  5. ^ Dispatch, Jason Queen The. "Freshman outfielder is a lifelong Tar Heels fan".
  6. ^ Dispatch, Mike Duprez The. "Attention keeps growing for Beck".
  7. ^ "MLB.com 2017 Prospect Watch". Major League Baseball.
  8. ^ Lee, Jane. "A's take prep OF Beck with No. 6 overall pick". Major League Baseball.
  9. ^ Baer, Jack (June 20, 2017). "First-rounder Beck agrees to club-record deal". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  10. ^ "Austin Beck Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 4, 2017.
  11. ^ "Snappers' Beck plates four in three-hit game". MiLB.com.
  12. ^ "Austin Beck Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.journalnow.com/sports/high-school/austin-beck-former-north-davidson-standout-named-to-single-a/article_5220b440-4f3f-50c8-b3b7-401160f33c70.html
  14. ^ https://www.the-dispatch.com/news/20190402/beck-to-start-season-in-stockton
  15. ^ https://www.the-dispatch.com/sports/20190920/beck-working-for-future-improvement