After playing in the Minor League for three years, former Dresden High athlete Matt Beaty was picked up by the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 30, 2019.
Matthew Thomas Beaty, who is the first baseball player from Dresden High School to make it to the major leagues in the modern era, got his first hit in the majors on Tuesday, April 30, when he was called up to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Matt made his debut that night against the San Francisco Giants as a pinch-hitter.
The Dodgers recalled Matt from Triple-A Oklahoma City Tuesday afternoon and placed outfielder A.J. Pollock on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation.
Although the 26-year-old infielder (no. 45), who bats left-handed and throws with his right, didn’t start last Tuesday night’s game against the Giants in San Francisco, he was called on to pinch-hit in the 8th inning. Matt smacked a line drive single into centerfield for his first hit off of Ty Blach. “The third pitch was a slider out over the plate and I hit a ground ball up the middle,” Matt said.
The Dodgers won their game against the Giants 10-3.
(See complete story in the May 8th issue of the Dresden Enterprise.)