Belmont baseball alum Matt Beaty is the first Bruin to make it to the big leagues in 41 years after being called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday afternoon before its game against the San Francisco Giants.
Beaty was not listed in the Dodgers starting lineup Tuesday, but will be ready to come off the bench if the team needs him.
“So happy and proud of Matt Beaty for what he has and continues to accomplish in his baseball career,” said Belmont head baseball coach Dave Jarvis who coached Beaty from 2012 to 2015. “He always represents Belmont University in such a great way.”
The Tennessee native was drafted by the Dodgers organization in 2015 and spent five years excelling through the Dodgers minor league system, winning Texas League Player of the Year in 2017.
Beaty is the first Bruin to play in the big leagues since Dwight Bernard made his debut with the New York Mets in 1978. Beaty is the first Bruin to do so in the Division I era.
Beaty’s journey to the majors began when he was added to the Dodgers 40-man roster in November, allowing the organization to call him up at any time they would need him.
He is replacing outfielder A.J. Pollock, who was placed on the 10-day injured list.
Beaty who turned 26 on Sunday is sporting a batting average of .277 and an on-base percentage of .355 with the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
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