Dylan Beavers Drafted 33rd Overall By Orioles
BERKELEY – California standout Dylan Beavers was selected 33rd overall in the 2022 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, becoming the third Golden Bear taken in the first round since 2019.
The Cal outfielder squeezed into the final stages of the first round, hearing his name called during the Competitive Balance A portion (picks No. 33-39). Under head coach Mike Neu (2018-present), Cal has seen 17 Bears taken in the MLB Draft, including three in the first round. Beavers joined former Cal greats Andrew Vaughn and Korey Lee – who were the No. 3 and No. 32 overall picks in the 2019 MLB Draft – as the program's first-round picks in that span.
Beavers, a native of Paso Robles, California, is the seventh overall Cal player to be drafted by Baltimore and the first since Dixon Anderson in 2010 (Anderson did not sign).
After seeing limited action as a freshman during the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season, Beavers became a dominant presence at the plate as a two-time All-Pac-12 first team outfielder in his sophomore and junior campaigns. The lefty slugger amassed 36 career home runs, the seventh most ever by a Cal player, and slashed .294/.409/.615 in 123 collegiate games played.
Beavers slashed .291/.426/.634 with 17 home runs and 50 runs batted in while starting all 56 games in right field during a standout junior season this spring in Berkeley. He drew 51 walks – tied for the sixth-most in a single season in program history – and reached base safely in 51 of 56 games, including a streak of 23 consecutive games from April 2-May 13.
As a sophomore in 2021, Beavers earned All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after leading the Pac-12 with 18 home runs, including 10 during conference play. Along with recording 49 RBIs and 44 runs scored, he showed his capabilities on the base paths with 10 stolen bases.
The 2022 MLB Draft continues Monday with rounds 3-10 being televised live on MLB Network starting at 11 a.m. PT.
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