Lambert alum Seth Beer was selected by the Houston Astros with the 28th pick of the MLB Draft on Monday night, becoming the highest-picked Forsyth County native in the history of the draft.
Beer helped the Longhorns to a state title as a sophomore in 2014, and while he was projected to be a strong draft prospect out of high school, he enrolled early at Clemson in 2016 and quickly became one of the top power hitters in college baseball.
He hit .321 with 56 home runs in his three years with the Tigers, and had 180 walks while striking out just 98 times during his career. Beer's status as a prospect has been hurt by his below-average foot speed and lack of a clear defensive position – and he hasn't replicated the runaway success of his freshman year – but his bat is considered one of the best in the draft.
Analysts on the MLB Network broadcast of the draft recognized the knocks on Beer. Draft writer Jim Callis called Beer a "polarizing" prospect and mentioned the pressure on Beer to produce offensively, given his limited defensive profile. He didn't ignore Beer's exciting potential at the plate, though.
"This is probably going to be a boom-or-bust pick," Callis said.
The 28th pick is slotted for a $2,399,400 signing bonus. Beer is the second Lambert alum to be drafted, after Danny Edgeworth went to the Colorado Rockies out of Mercer University last year.