MATT BEATY, 1B/OF, LOS ANGELES DODGERS
With Cody Bellinger shifting towards more of a role in the outfield this season, the Dodgers tried a handful of names at first base. One of those names was Matt Beaty, a 26-year-old left-handed hitter who did nothing but crush minor league pitching since being drafted in the 12th round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
Beaty is not just a first baseman, however; he can play third base as well as both corner outfield spots, and graded out very well when playing at those three spots, particularly. In fact, first base was his worst graded position, scoring a -2.0 UZR in his 205 innings at the position. To contrast, Beaty put up a +1.8 UZR in 301.2 innings at third base, left field, and right field.
Offensively, Beaty slashed .265/.317/.458 with nine home runs and 46 RBIs in 268 plate appearances. Historically, he’s never had much of a strikeout problem, and only 12.3% of his at-bats ended in that result. He also doesn’t walk a ton, so he’s not exactly your typical “Control the Zone” type, but he consistently makes contact and puts the ball in play.
Now, the Dodgers probably aren’t in the market of dealing Beaty, but he’s also not exactly integral to their roster. He can be had at the right price, and the Mariners may have that in a few enticing veteran pieces that could warrant Beaty in a package. He’s an intriguing enough player and fits the criteria of what the Mariners typically look for in their utility players.