Seth Beer, a former national age group record holder in swimming, hit a home run in the first at-bat of his Major League Baseball career.
An outfielder currently with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Beer was drafted by the Houston Astros out of Clemson in the first round in 2018 (No. 28 overall). The Diamondbacks officially added him to their roster Friday afternoon and he was called on to pinch-hit in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners that night.
With two outs and no one on base, Beer took Mariners pitcher Diego Castillo deep to right field, getting a dream start to his MLB career.
First career at-bat. First career hit. First career homer.
Welcome to the show, Seth Beer. pic.twitter.com/TlsFG7TTaj
— MLB (@MLB) September 11, 2021
Beer, 24, was leading all Triple-A players with 73 runs scored this season before his call-up, batting .287. Across his three seasons in the minor leagues, he hit .292 with a .901 OPS.
A former Swim Atlanta member, Beer stopped swimming full-time to focus on baseball at age 13 — but even with limited training, he found success swimming for his high school team. He was even offered the opportunity to both swim and play baseball at top schools including Auburn and Georgia, according to The Athletic.
He decided to dedicate himself to just baseball, however, and Clemson had recently cut its swim team. After finishing high school a semester early to enroll at Clemson in January 2016, Beer emerged as one of the best players in college baseball, amassing a .321 batting average and a .489 on-base percentage in 188 games (all starts) in his three seasons.
Beer still owns multiple top-five long course times in the 11-12 age group. His former NAG record of 28.49 in the long course 50-meter backstroke ranks No. 3 and his former record of 1:01.35 in the 100 back is No. 4 all-time (that swim broke Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy‘s previous record). That 50 back record stood for seven years before it was broken by Kevin Kyi in 2016 (and then was broken again two weeks later by Ronald Dalmacio). Vinny Marciano broke the 100 back record in 2o14.