Washington, PA-The Washington Wild Things are pleased to announce that the Chicago White Sox organization has purchased the contract of two-time All-Star outfielder CJ Beatty. The Winston Salem native will play in front of his hometown fans as he was assigned to the Winston Salem Dash, the high Class A short-season affiliate of the White Sox.
Before his departure from Washington, Beatty ranked amongst the top Frontier League hitters in homeruns (18) and RBI (57). With the Washington Wild Things, who are currently locked in a three-way tie for the East Division crown (46-29), he is second on the team in batting average (.275) and hit 13 doubles with 57 RBI. Beatty has also been the only player to appear in all 75 games so far this season.
Beatty, who spent most of his first season with Washington at second base, was awarded the postseason All-Star second baseman award last September. The former 10th round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals from the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft, put up staggering numbers for the Things in 2013, slugging 18 homeruns, hitting a team-high 26 doubles with 66 RBIs and scoring 65 runs.
In two seasons in the Cardinals’ system and two more in the independent circuit with the Fort Worth Cats of the North American Baseball League and Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association, Beatty had a career batting average of .284 and added 70 extra-base hits and 30 stolen bases to his independent baseball resume.
Beatty, a man usually full of words and uplifting motivational speeches had five simple words for his second chance in the big leagues, “It’s a dream come true,” he grinned as he packed up his car and headed for home.