Clemson's Beer Named NCBWA Freshman Hitter of the Year

LYNCHBURG, Va. (NCBWA) – Clemson University outfielder Seth Beer has been named the 2016 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association National Freshman Hitter of the Year, as announced by the organization today.

Beer, one of five finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, batted .369 with 70 RBI and 57 runs scored for the ACC Champion Clemson Tigers. In 62 games, the ACC Player and Freshman of the Year collected 13 doubles, 18 homers and 62 walks, while posting a .700 slugging percentage and a .535 on-base percentage. The outfielder ended the 2016 season with a 60-game on-base streak, and had a 26-game hitting streak earlier in the year. 

The Suwannee, Ga., native has also been selected as a finalist for the 2016 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. In addition, the All-ACC first team outfielder has been named a Baseball America first-team All-American, Collegiate Baseball’s co-Freshman of the Year and a Louisville Slugger second team All-American. 

Currently, Beer is fourth in on base percentage and ninth in RBI and slugging percentage nationally. He also is third in bases on balls. In addition, the outfielder led the ACC in home runs, while finishing second in the conference in RBI, on base percentage and slugging percentage.

Beer, who will play for the USA Collegiate National Team this summer, helped lead the Tigers to their 15th ACC title and a 44-20 record. Clemson completed the year ranked No. 15 in the latest NCBWA Weekly Poll.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.