NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Three former Belmont Baseball players were recently named to Major League Baseball 60-man Summer Camp rosters in preparation for the 2020 season.
Matt Beaty (2012-15) was named to the Los Angeles Dodgers' 60-man roster while Drew Ferguson (2012-15) and Jamie Ritchie (2012-14) were listed on the Houston Astros' 60-man player pool.
Following his move to the Triple-A level with the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Beaty became the first Belmont player to play in a Major League Baseball game since Dwight Bernard in 1978 when he made his Major League debut on April 30, 2019. Beaty finished his rookie season with a .265 batting average, adding nine home runs and 46 RBIs to help the Dodgers to the National League West Division Title.
Beaty made the 25-man postseason roster, seeing action in all but one game in the National League Division Series against the eventual World Series champion Washington Nationals.
At Belmont, Beaty held a .352 batting average as a junior in 2014 and capped off his collegiate career with All-OVC First Team honors as a senior in 2015. His .382 batting average with 12 home runs and 76 RBIs as a senior also earned him a spot on the Second Team for the NCBWA and Louisville Slugger All-American teams, collecting ABCA All-South Region Second Team honors in the process.
Beaty currently holds top 10 spots in hits, doubles, triples, home runs, at-bats, RBIs and walks in the Belmont Baseball career record book.
Ferguson has a batting average of .293 while smashing 46 home runs with 234 RBIs in his professional baseball career. Competing at the Triple A level for the Round Rock Express in 2019, Ferguson hit .281 in addition to collecting 11 home runs with 57 RBIs to go with a slugging percentage of .440.
At Belmont, Ferguson holds top 10 spots in three offensive categories in the program's all-time career record book. Starting out as a walk-on at Belmont, Ferguson helped the Bruins to its second NCAA Regional appearance in program history in 2012 while finishing his college career with a .338 batting average.
After being named to the All-OVC and American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region second teams as a junior, Ferguson had one of the best offensive seasons in program history in 2015. The Knoxville, Tenn., native set single season program records in runs scored (72), hits (92) and doubles (26).
He also claimed top 10 spots in the single season program record book in RBIs (60) and walks (42) in the same season, earning All-OVC First Team Honors in the process.
Ritchie has collected a .281 batting average, 200 RBIs and 24 home runs in his professional baseball career, most recently competing for the Round Rock Express at the Triple-A level. In 79 games with the Round Rock Express last season, Ritchie scored 46 runs and tallied 68 hits while collecting 33 RBIs.
At Belmont, Ritchie holds a top 10 spot in career walks in the NCAA era in program history and became the first Belmont catcher to be drafted since 2007 when he was selected by the Astros in 2014.