LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers recalled former Belmont University Baseball player Matt Beaty, the club announced Tuesday.
"I am so happy and proud of Matt Beaty for what he has and continues to accomplish in his baseball career," said Head Coach Dave Jarvis. "He always represents Belmont University in such a great way."
Beaty is hitting .277 with an OPS of .789 in his 22 games with the Oklahoma City Dodgers this season. In addition, he has two home runs and 10 RBI. Beaty has played in 364 minor league games where he has hit .307 with an .810 OPS.
Congrats to Belmont Baseball alum Matt Beaty! https://t.co/ZOvr3ve5VX— Belmont Baseball (@BelmontBaseball) April 30, 2019
The Dresden, Tenn. native was an integral part of Belmont's success over his four-year career. But in his senior season, he simply rewrote the Bruin record book and took his game to another level. Beaty was an offensive force during the 2015 season. Before the 2015 College World Series, he ranked in the top-20 nationally in eight different statistical categories, including being ranked 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. He also posted a lofty on-base percentage of .469 and a slugging percentage of .668.
Beaty is the first Belmont alum to be in the majors since Dwight Bernard. Bernard played in the major league from 1978-82 with both the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers. He currently serves as the pitching coach for the Fresno Grizzlies, the Triple-A affiliate of the World Champion San Fransisco Giants.
Beaty ranks among Belmont career leaders in hits, doubles, triples, home runs, total bases, runs batted in and walks.
Beaty was drafted in the 12thround of the MLB Draft by the Dodgers.