The Los Angeles Dodgers traded baseman/outfielder Matt Beaty on a two-way prospect with the San Diego Padres, minor-league pitcher/infielder River Ryan on Monday.
The two teams officially announced as the sports community knows that Beaty had previously been designated for an assignment on March 23 by the Dodgers to spare room for Hanser Alberto on the 40-man roster.
Meanwhile, Ryan was drafted by the Padres in the 11th round of the 2021 MLB June Amateur Draft from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Hopefully, the switch will encourage the two to perform better.
Ryan has also pitched and will be a pitcher with #Dodgers
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) March 28, 2022
Beaty career history
It was somewhat surprising to see that Beaty found success with the Dodgers off the bench. The 28-year-old left fielder still had one Minor League option year remaining. However, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, previously made it clear about Beaty as a pinch-hitter rather than a line-up regular.
“I like Matt Beaty on the bench,” Roberts said last September. “I don’t see him as a defender. I see him taking a great at-bat against a right-hander.”
The Georgia-native player previously received experience and acknowledgment as the 2020 World Series champion. Prior to playing with the LA Dodgers, the first baseman attended Dresden High School in Dresden, Tennessee.
It was the Kansas City Royals who first selected him in the 48th round of the 2011 MLB draft. Strangely, he did not sign the contract for an unknown reason. Perhaps, he wanted to focus on his university study at that time. Beaty attended Belmont University and played for the Belmont Bruins, the college baseball team.
Beaty was selected in the 12th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft by the Dodgers. He later signed with the team and spent the year 2015 with both the Ogden Raptors and Great Lakes Loons. It was only after April 30, 2019, that he made his MLB debut against the San Francisco Giants. Obviously, Beaty has come a long way to reach what is achieved now.
Throughout his career in Los Angeles, the former Bruin played in 240 games, slashing 503 at-bats, 79 runs, and 132 hits, averaging .262. Unfortunately, Beaty’s future apparently is with another team where manager Roberts believes that his potential can be fully shaped.
“If you look at the construction of our roster, the runway he potentially would get, it just wasn’t going to happen for him here with us,” Roberts said referring to Beaty on Wednesday last week, per reporter, Jack Harris.
Ronald Blum of The Associated Press reported Beaty’s salary for 2022 reached $730,000 in the major leagues. On Monday, he was traded to San Diego in exchange for River Ryan.
The #Padres have acquired Matt Beaty from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Details: https://t.co/cHQ4A8cdKm pic.twitter.com/fHLRBWGLiY
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 28, 2022
Ryan career history
The second baseman, Ryan previously played for UNC Pembroke in the Peach Belt Conference. In 2017, the 23-year-old played in 38 games with 139 plate appearances. Making 121 at-bats, he made 26 runs and successful 35 hits. Averaging .348, he was considered a decent player at the young age of 18 at that time.
Prior to the acquirement to the Arizona Complex League with the Padres. In the 2020-21 season with UNC, he played in a total of 67 games, making 279 at-bats, 55 runs, and 66 hits, averaging .495 and .419 respectively. He made a total of 10 home runs during that season.