September farm report: Beerer’s ageless quest
Two things that are inconsequential to Scott Beerer, a converted pitcher who is now an outfielder in the Colorado Rockies organization, at this point are whether he profiles as a prospect and the hindrance that might be his age.
“It doesn’t matter to me one bit at all,” Beerer said. “I realize how old I am. But in hindsight, I feel better than ever, and I’ve only been hitting for 2 ½ years. I’m faster and stronger than ever, so I don’t think turning 30 really matters at this point to me. I haven’t shown any signs of slowing down.”
Colorado Springs manager Stu Cole said, “You’re at that age, you kind of put prospect status out of your mind, because there’s no looking back after you turn 30. He has the ability to go out and play as hard as he can each and every night, because I think he sees this as his last opportunity.”
A September call-up would have been ecstasy for Beerer but not being on the Rockies 40-man roster, he understood the odds were stacked against that happening. Still, he reached the doorstep of the major leagues and after heeding Cole’s suggestion, he altered the position of his hands and went off at the plate.
“I’ve been working my whole life for this,” Beerer said. “To be almost 30 years old and I got so close, I could taste it. It’s hard to take a step back now and say, ‘OK, I got to wait five months to get the ball rolling again.’”
Read the full story about Beerer plus news about, and in the September farm report, which was sent Friday morning to those who have donated to InsideTheRockies.com for 2011.