Austin Beck
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Oakland Athletics A+
2020 Fantasy Outlook
When the A's selected Beck with the sixth-overall pick in 2017, his game seemed perfect for fantasy. He was a plus runner with at least plus power, and if he hit enough, he could log some 25/25 seasons or perhaps even go 30/30. Fast forward to the present, and his plus speed remains, even though he hasn't put it to use much on the bases. He has turned himself into a plus center fielder with a plus arm. However, there has been almost no progress at the plate. If someone with no prior knowledge of Beck glanced at what he has done at Low-A and High-A, they would have no idea he possessed the raw power and speed that made him a top-10 pick out of high school. He will be entering his age-21 season, so he is too young to completely write off, but he should be seen as a tools flier in deep dynasty leagues and nothing more. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Athletics in June of 2017 that includes a $5.3 million signing bonus.
Hits homer in first game back
OFOakland Athletics  A+
July 21, 2019
Beck (undisclosed) was activated from the 7-day injured list at High-A Stockton and went 1-for-3 with a home run and a strikeout Saturday.
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He is now slashing .263/.309/.460 with seven home runs and two steals in 54 games. The concerning aspect of Beck's campaign is his 80:14 K:BB in 213 at-bats, but he has only struck out seven times over his last 10 games.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2018
A prime buy-low target, Beck’s dynasty-league managers may have wanted more from his full-season debut, but it was actually a very encouraging campaign. He has plus raw power and plus speed, and the main concern coming into pro ball was whether he would make enough contact for the rest of his tools to shine through. Beck cut his K% from 29.3% in rookie ball to a very manageable 21.9% against Low-A pitchers. He made hard contact to all fields and his .296 AVG was the seventh best mark in the Midwest League. The righty-hitting outfielder did not show pronounced splits (.722 OPS against RHP, .707 OPS against LHP). If Beck can maintain that contact rate, all-fields approach and ability to hit same-handed pitching as he climbs the ladder, his loud power will start to show up in games, leading to more walks. He is much faster than his stolen base totals indicate, but at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, he may only be a 12-to-15 steal threat by the time he reaches the majors.
A bad overall stat line in his pro debut could provide a buy-low opportunity in dynasty leagues this offseason, as Beck showed signs of life down the stretch and still has one of the highest ceilings in the 2017 draft class. Premium bat speed, plus speed on the bases and the tools to provide value with his outfield defense prompted the A's to select the prep outfielder sixth overall. He proceeded to hit .179/.238/.231 with zero home runs and a 28:4 K:BB in his first 84 plate appearances in the AZL. He missed a week of games at the start of August, but hit .243/.344/.473 with two home runs and a 23:13 K:BB in 90 plate appearances after returning. Whether he hits for a high average will be the big question moving forward. If he hits, or at least gets on base at a good clip, he has the tools to go 25-25 or 30-20, but it will be at least three or four years before he gets to the majors.
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Running hot in Stockton
OFOakland Athletics  A+
June 25, 2019
Beck is hitting .349 (15-for-43) with one home run, 12 RBI, two walks and 10 runs over his last 10 games with High-A Stockton, and he's slashing .263/.310/.450 overall across 52 games this season.
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Battling quadriceps soreness
OFOakland Athletics  A+
Quadriceps
June 10, 2019
Beck has been battling a sore right quadriceps, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Solid start at High-A level
OFOakland Athletics  A+
April 16, 2019
Beck is slashing .295/.340/.545 across his first 47 plate appearances at High-A Stockton.
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Not raking in steals at Low-A
OFOakland Athletics  A+
July 19, 2018
Beck is slashing .294/.337/.372 with a home run and five stolen bases across 350 plate appearances for Low-A Beloit this season.
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Goes sixth overall to A's
OFOakland Athletics  A+
June 12, 2017
The A's have selected Beck with the sixth overall pick in the 2017 first-year player draft.
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