The Major League Baseball first-year player draft was held recently, making dreams come true for young players all across the world. Amongst those players all across the world included Paris Junior College’s very own, Beau Brewer, who was drafted in the 19th round by the New York Yankees.
Brewer found himself as PJC Dragon after playing his high school career not far from him. The now New York Yankee prospect played his high school ball at McKinney Boyd.
The Dragons third baseman was excellent in his two years at PJC, starting by being named All-Region his freshman season. His sophomore year was even more impressive, being named NJCAA Region XIV East All Conference First Team Third Base and All-Region XIV First Team Infield.
Brewer was very impressive at the plate, hitting .419, with 36 rbi and 30 runs scored in 41 games played. He also had three home runs and 11 stolen bases along the way.
“I give a big shout-out to Paris Junior College,” Brewer said according to a PJC press release. “I owe my career and my life to ya’ll.”
“It’s been a blessing to have this opportunity to play professional baseball. Coming out of high school I didn’t have much,” Brewer added. “Coach [Clay] Cox gave me the opportunity to play baseball for PJC; now I’m here playing for the [Savannah] Bananas and now I’m about to start my professional baseball career. You never know what life is going to hold for you- just keep on grinding.”
The Savannah Bananas, who Brewer has been playing for this summer, are a world famous baseball team and have been considered the Harlem Globetrotters of the baseball world. They have gone viral on Tik Tok and Twitter, while still playing competitive baseball and helping their players make it to the next level.
“We are extremely excited for Beau and the opportunities that lie ahead for him in professional baseball,” PJC Baseball Coach Clay Cox said. “He’s earned every bit of this. He came in two years ago, bought in, put in the work and now he is being rewarded for that.”
“He has a tireless work ethic and is one of the most selfless teammates and the best leaders I’ve been around on a ball field,” Cox added. “We can’t wait to see him in pinstripes.”
Before being drafted, Brewer had signed to play at Kansas State. It is common practice for baseball players to spend their first two years at a junior college, before signing with a bigger four-year university, or being drafted.
“Beau was a standout at PJC on campus, in the class room and on the baseball field,” PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin said. “He is an outstanding young man who will do well and we are excited for Beau today. We wish him the very best with the New York Yankees.”
Press released and picture courtesy/ Paris Junior College