Pop Quiz: Name the player who ranks 3rd all time in World Series ERA
Sports history is loaded with athletes who have come back from injuries, age or other setbacks to become stars. Jimmy Morris was 35 when he made his debut for Tampa and Dennis Quaid was 48 when he portrayed Morris in the Disney film The Rookie. Vince Papale was a 30 year old rookie when the Eagles signed
him. Comparatively Scott Beerer's 27 years of age is relatively young.Scott Beerer was originally a 2nd round draft pick by the Rockies. In 2004 he tore his labrum while pitching for Casper. He came back in 2005 and recorded 23 saves in Asheville and was slowly promoted to his final spot in Modesto. In 2007 he met with Rockies Farm Director Marc Gustavson and discussed how he was losing velocity and wanted to make a switch; as a hitter! He was told he could come back to Modesto in 2008 but not as a hitter.
Scott spent the rest of 2007 and 2008 out of baseball working with his Junior College coach to improve his hitting. In 2009 Gustavson chose to give Beerer one more shot and invited him to Spring Training as a position player. Beerer was locked in at his first year in posting video game numbers:
Tri City - AVG: .558 OBP: .587 SLG: .791 OPS: 1.378
Modesto – AVG: .346 OBP: .413 SLG: .550 OPS: .963
Scott Beerer began his baseball life in Newport Harbor H.S. earning honors both as a pitcher and a shortstop. A back injury his senior year limited his college options so he attended a nearby Junior College. Each year at OCC he made all-conference again as a pitcher and this time an outfielder. In 2003, while playing for Texas A&M, Scott was playing outfield and then pitching late in the games as a reliever. His team battled through the College WS tournament before being swept in two games by Micheal Bourne’s Houston Cougars. Scott played 1B in the first game and OF in the second, where he helped his team by hitting a leadoff HR in the 2nd inning. It was at this time he was asked:
You are leading the team right now in both batting average and saves. Is that something you could have seen yourself doing when you first decided on coming to A&M?
"No, not at all. I just came in hoping to contribute in any way possible, whether it be with the bat or with pitching. I've been lucky enough to do both. It's been great so far."
In 2003 Scott was selected to the All-Big 12 team as a reliever, along with UT pitcher; Huston Street! Can you find a third Rockies player on this list:
Scott Beerer is not a can’t miss 20 year old hitting prospect. He is a baseball player who advanced at every stage of his career whether it be with the pitch or by the bat. Because of his age Scott has a chance to quickly be promoted within the organization, Remember that Rick Ankiel spent only 102 games in the minors before being promoted by the Cardinals. So far Beerer has played in 63 minor league games in his comeback. Currently he is playing in AA Tulsa and after 13 games he is posting solid, if not spectacular numbers hitting .295 with a .354 OBP. Look for him to get hot soon and to be pushing for a reserve outfield spot by the end of the season. Everyone loves an underdog, so jump on this dog's bandwagon early. Don't be a Kizsla.
Quiz Answer: Babe Ruth, the Bambino is 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA in his World Series career.