Los Angeles Dodgers Sign Former Top Prospect Austin Beck

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed Austin Beck to a Minor League contract that is presumed to include a non-roster invite to 2024 Spring Training.

Beck was originally a first-round pick, sixth overall, by the Oakland Atheltics in the 2017 MLB Draft. He signed a franchise-record $5.303 million contract with the A’s and had been with their organization since then, but elected free agency in early November.

As a former top prospect, Beck grades out well with above-average raw power, speed and arm strength, and he grades as a solid defender in center field. However, Beck has a poor hit tool and lacks discipline at the plate.

In 2018, Beck hit .296/.335/.383 with two home runs and 60 RBI across 123 games for the Beloit Snappers of the Single-A Midwest League, but that was his peak as he has since regressed.

Over his Minor League career, Beck has slashed .252/.303/.384 with 31 home runs, 206 RBI and 174 runs scored across 394 games. During that span Beck has also struggled to keep his strikeout rate low while not drawing many walks, either.

He missed the entire 2023 season with an ACL tear that he suffered in Spring Training.

The 25-year-old made it to Double-A in 2022, but hit just .230/.250/.284 across 23 games at that level.

Beck figures to provide the Dodgers with organizational depth for the 2024 season and it would be a surprise if he finds his way onto the Major League roster.

However, with his skillset and the Dodgers’ strong player development system, he is at least an intriguing player to have in the organization. If the Dodgers can help him make some adjustments, perhaps Beck may be able to regain some of his former pedigree.

If not, the Dodgers aren’t losing much by adding him to their Minor League system.

Daniel Hudson re-signed Dodgers

As the Dodgers continue to add to their organization, they also re-signed Daniel Hudson to a Minor League deal, which presumably includes a non-roster invite to Spring Training.

Over parts of three seasons with the Dodgers, Hudson is 5-5 with six saves, a 3.31 ERA, 3.54 FIP and 1.13 WHIP across 73.1 innings pitched in 68 appearances.

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