Few teams have as much depth as the Dodgers, but that can sometimes cause just as many problems as solutions. It can lead to inconsistent playing time for role players, which is the case for utility man, Matt Beaty.
While many had Beaty penciled in as a constant bench player for LA, he has spent some time in AAA Oklahoma City this year. This is by no means due to a lack of production, but the team has felt that he would benefit more from consistent at-bats in the minors compared to an unpredictable role in the majors.
To his credit, Beaty has handled it extremely well. He’s gone about his business every day and remained a positive clubhouse presence. This past week, however, he opened up on how being sent down has affected him.
I’m just going about it day by day. Obviously, it was a little frustrating going down, but [I’m] just happy to be back with the team and trying to help the team win a ballgame.
Beaty is having the most efficient season of his career thus far, getting on base 36% of the time with a .262 batting average. While he hasn’t had the same power stroke that he had his rookie year, he’s been reliable when called upon.
With the departures of Kiké Hernandez and Joc Pederson over the winter, many thought that Beaty was due for a bigger role with the Dodgers. Instead, the team has somehow gotten even more depth, once again relegating Matt to a bench role.
Frustrations with his demotion aside, Matt Beaty has embraced the type of player this team has asked him to be. He knows how important it is to be effective off the bench, and he believes that he has gotten back to being that kind of player.
I’m kind of fitting back into my role like what it was before I left, and that’s be a bench bat, come off the bench, and have good at-bats. I’m starting to find my rhythm again.
Every game has significantly more importance at this point in the season, and the Dodgers will need Matt Beaty to be the same player he’s always been. They’ll need him to battle in tough counts and produce in big moments. And from the sound of it, Beaty is up for the challenge.