Atlanta Braves – No. 37
September 3, 1986 |
|September 20, 2010 for the Atlanta Braves|
(through 2013 season)
|Earned run average||3.20|
Listed at 6' 3", 215 lb., Beachy bats right-handed and throws right-handed.
High School and College
Beachy helped lead the Northwestern Senior High School baseball team to Indiana's 2004–2005 class AA state championship game, where he played alongside his brothers and teammates Kirk and Kyle, both of whom he attributes his love for baseball. After the championship game, Beachy was presented with the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award. After high school, Beachy attended Indiana Wesleyan University, where he played third base, first base, and pitched.
Beachy compiled a 4–3 record with one save and a 3.87 ERA in 762⁄3 innings of work spread over 35 appearances and three different teams in 2009. He struck out 64 batters and walked 19. Most of Beachy's time was spent with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Class A advanced Carolina League.
In spring 2010, Beachy was one of six pitchers taking part in a spring mini-camp in which some of the Braves’ top minor leaguers take turns serving as backups for major league players in spring training games. Beachy was the youngest minor leaguer in the mini-camp.
Beachy was moved into the starting rotation for the AA Mississippi Braves late June 2010. In his time as a AA player, Beachy struck out 100 batters while allowing 53 hits and 22 walks in 27 games (73.2 innings) while maintaining a 1.47 ERA. He compiled a record of 3 wins and 1 loss. Opposing hitters hit .200 and produced 12 earned runs. Beachy's best performance of the season occurred on July 15 when he struck out 13 of 19 batters against the Huntsville Stars.
Beachy made his Major League debut with the Braves starting against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 20, 2010, as a replacement for the scheduled pitcher Jair Jurrjens who had injured his knee. Beachy pitched for 41⁄3 innings, gave up three runs (one earned), and received his first Major League loss.
In his fourth start of the season, Beachy recorded his first major-league win by throwing six scoreless innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodger Stadium on April 19. During his first game back from an oblique injury, he set a new career high with 11 strikeouts in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 22, 2011.
Beachy got off to a strong start in 2012, and on May 17, 2012, he threw his first career shutout in a game against the Miami Marlins. Beachy was placed on the disabled list on June 17 after suffering from elbow discomfort. On June 18, he was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. At the time, he led all starting pitchers in the Major Leagues with a 2.00 ERA. He underwent Tommy John surgery on June 21, ending his 2012 season. Beachy began the 2013 season on the 15-day disabled list, still recovering from Tommy John surgery.
On December 16, 2013, Beachy agreed with the Braves on a one-year deal for the 2014 season.
On March 20, 2014, MLB.com reported that Beachy would need a second Tommy John surgery.
Beachy throws four pitches: a relatively straight four-seam fastball in the 90–94 mph range, a slider (80–84), a changeup (78–82), and a curveball (71–75). Beachy throws mostly fastballs and sliders to right-handed hitters, but he uses his changeup more frequently against left-handed hitters. He is especially fond of using his slider in two-strike counts.
Beachy's parents are Lester and Lori Beachy; he is the eldest of seven siblings.
He majored in pre-law and criminal justice and has worked at a center for delinquent children.
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- Gaskins, Bryan (March 14, 2010). "Beachy is taking part in Braves’ spring training". Kokomo Tribune. Retrieved 2010-03-15.
- Geiselman, Steven (August 5, 2010). "Kokomo’s Beachy making noise in the Braves farm system". Kokomo Perspective. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
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- Bowman, Mark. "Beachy Wins Fifth Starter Spot for Braves". Retrieved 24 March 2011.
- ERA leader Beachy throws first shutout in rout of Fish
- Beachy has partially torn elbow ligament
- "Beachy undergoes Tommy John surgery". MLB.com. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- Bowman, Mark. "Beachy poised to take injured Hudson's slot". MLB.com. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
- Twitter / Braves: The #Braves have agreed to terms with RHP Brandon Beachy on a one-year contract for the 2014 season.
- Bowman, Mark (March 20, 2014). "Beachy to have Tommy John surgery on Friday". MLB.com. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
- "PITCHf/x Player Card: Brandon Beachy". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
- Rogers, Carroll. "Braves' Beachy has felt the heat of a pressure situation before". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Brandon Beachy on Twitter