Los Angeles Dodgers 2021 player reviews: Matt Beaty

After some regression during the 2020 season, Matt Beaty rebounded to produce on the Los Angeles Dodgers bench at about the same level as his first campaign.

However, Beaty struggled to break into the lineup with any consistency and was selected for the Triple-A in Oklahoma City in late August. At the time, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts noted that it was simply a by-product of a tightening of the roster with a player who still had Minor League options.

“He did everything I asked him to, so he’s just a player who has options, who can take sticks every day, and I hope we can get him back at some point,” said Roberts on Beaty. “Very difficult because he is a Major League player.”

After being called back on September 10, Beaty appeared in 15 of 21 games to end the regular season. But he only made one start – and only as a replacement for Gavin Lux being a late scratch due to being hit by a throw from a throwing machine.

“I love Matt Beaty on the bench,” Roberts explained late last year. “I don’t see him as a defender. I see him making a great hitter against a right-hander.

Beaty’s output as a pinched hitter was key as the Dodgers bench collectively struggled to find any kind of consistency. He finished the season with a .270 / .363 / .402 strike with four doubles, seven homers and 40 RBIs in 120 games (45 starts).

Beaty would later admit he was frustrated with his demotion, and weeks after the 2021 season ended, it was determined that he missed qualifying for salary arbitration via Super Two status by one day of service. in the Major League.

Beaty’s climax in 2021

With the Dodgers reeling and on the verge of being wiped out by the Milwaukee Brewers, Beaty teamed up with AJ Pollock to help the team save the series.

Beaty went 4 for 6 with a first career Grand Slam and seven RBIs. He and Pollock (eight) combined for the first time in Dodgers franchise history, two players led at least seven points in the same game.

Yasiel Puig (seven RBI) and Cody Bellinger (six) were the closest to accomplishing the feat on September 15, 2018.

Outlook 2022

Although Beaty has played at first base, third base, left field and right field, all signs point to the Dodgers preferring to use him as a near-exclusive pinch hitter. He is expected to provide some production off the bench again this season and could expand into semi-regular starts if a universal designation is implemented.

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