NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Belmont University baseball All-American Matt Beaty ('15) recently won the Texas League Batting Title.
Playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Double-A affiliate, Tulsa Drillers, the Dresden, Tennessee native finished the regular season with a batting average of .326, finishing ahead of Oakland Athletics' prospect B.J. Boyd and Seattle Mariners' prospect Ian Miller.
In his final 15 games, Beaty batted .373 while boasting a 13-game hitting streak to finish out the season.
The corner infielder also led the league in doubles (31) while finishing second in extra-base hits (47) and slugging percentage (.505). In addition, he ranked third in hits (143) and total bases (221), and fourth in on-base percentage (.378).
All told, Beaty posted 15 home runs and 69 RBI en route to Texas League Player of the Year honors.
As a senior, Beaty had one of the greatest offensive single-seasons in Belmont history, ranking in the top-20 nationally in eight different statistical categories, including second in runs batted in and RBI per game, and third in total bases. He finished the remarkable season with a .382 batting average with 91 hits, 12 homeruns, and 76 RBIs.
Beaty also had the game winning hits in both of Belmont's victories over 2014 national champion Vanderbilt.
For his efforts, Beaty became the first Belmont baseball player in the division I era to earn All-American honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and Collegiate Baseball. He was also named a semifinalist for the 2015 Dick Howser Trophy, awarded to the Division I National Player of the Year.
Beaty Batting Champ
Sep 07, 2017