Seth Beer left high school in January, but it didn’t take long for the former Lambert star to make his mark at the next level.
Beer, a freshman phenom as an outfielder for the 38-18 Clemson Tigers, was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year on Monday, marking the first time in the conference’s history that a freshman has received the award. The ACC began voting for a Player of the Year in 1969.
Beer was also named the ACC Freshman of the Year. After finishing high school a semester early, the former GHSA Class AAAAAA state champion joined the Tigers in time for the start of their season and made an immediate impact. Beer came into his own in March when he hit nine home runs and established a 26-game hitting streak to be named the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Hitter of the Month.
Beer also was tied with Mercer’s Kyle Lewis (Shiloh High School, Snellville, Ga.) atop the NCAA’s Division I home run leaderboard for moments of the season, but his power has been neutralized slightly during the last stretch of the season. Beer is currently tied for the conference lead in home runs with 15, third in RBI with 60 and owns a .378 batting average.
Beer, a native of Suwanee and former elite swimmer as a youngster, led the Longhorns to the 2014 GHSA Class AAAAAA state title over Milton. He was named the FCN’s Player of the Year in June after batting .560 with 18 doubles, eight home runs and 41 RBI in 29 games.
No. 6 seed Clemson will begin play in the ACC Championship on Thursday against No. 3 seed Virginia.