Miguel Beltran: Rays Find All the Power You Could Want in Round 19

By Robbie Knopf

Miguel Beltran has loads of power. Everything else? We’ll see.

Beltran, 6’3″ and 225 pounds, won the NAIA (small colleges) Player of the Year award as a senior  first baseman at Oklahoma City University with some ridiculous stats. He posted a crazy .388/.465/.826 line (.826 slugging percentage!) with 15 doubles, 27 homers, and 72 RBI in just 60 games. He also made just 2 errors at first base, good for a .996 Fld%.

Beltran has a big long swing as a lefty batter but he hits the ball miles when he connects. It wasn’t coincidence that allowed him to slam 27 homers. Beltran doesn’t have good plate discipline and will strike out a lot even in the best-case scenario. His defense is a positive, but that’s a footnote compared to his power.

Beltran has his one incredible tool and the Rays are hoping that the rest of his game can develop. He’s already 22 years old so he’s not exactly young. But if his power is as prolific as it looked at OCU and he can improve his hitting ability, he could go pretty far. In the 19th round, Beltran is worth a shot. There is probably a slim chance he ever hits enough to be a productive big league player and make use of his power. But you never know what happens, and the reward could be huge.