Brandon Beachy

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Brandon Beachy
Brandon Beachy
Free agent
Born: (1986-09-03) September 3, 1986 (age 28)
Kokomo, Indiana
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 20, 2010 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record 14–10
Earned run average 3.20
Strikeouts 271

Brandon Alan Beachy[1] (born September 3, 1986), is a professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Atlanta Braves.

Listed at 6' 3", 215 lb., Beachy bats right-handed and throws right-handed.

High School and College[edit]

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.[2] After high school, Beachy attended Indiana Wesleyan University, where he played third base, first base, and pitched.

Beachy was not selected in the 2008 major league draft following his junior year of college, but was later signed by the Atlanta Braves as an undrafted free agent.[3]

Minor leagues[edit]

Beachy signing autographs in 2012

Beachy compiled a 4–3 record with one save and a 3.87 ERA in 7623 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.[4]

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.[4]

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.[5]

Beachy was called up to the AAA Gwinnett Braves in the fall of 2010. While there, Beachy delivered 2 wins with 0 losses and a 2.17 ERA.[6]

Major Leagues[edit]

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 413 innings, gave up three runs (one earned), and received his first Major League loss.

On March 24, 2011, the Braves announced that Beachy would be the club's fifth starter for the 2011 season. Beachy was selected over Mike Minor for the final spot in Atlanta's rotation.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] He underwent Tommy John surgery on June 21, ending his 2012 season.[11] Beachy began the 2013 season on the 15-day disabled list, still recovering from Tommy John surgery.

He returned to the Braves' starting rotation and make his season debut on July 29, 2013 in the place of Tim Hudson, who suffered a season-ending ankle fracture.[12]

On December 16, 2013, Beachy agreed with the Braves on a one-year deal for the 2014 season.[13][14]

On March 20, 2014, reported that Beachy would need a second Tommy John surgery.[15]

Beachy became a free agent on December 2, 2014 after he was non-tendered by the Braves.[16]

Pitching style[edit]

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.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Beachy's parents are Lester and Lori Beachy; he is the eldest of seven siblings.[18]

He majored in pre-law and criminal justice and has worked at a center for delinquent children.[18]

See also[edit]

  1. ^ "Brandon Beachy Statistics". Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  2. ^ "IHSAA Awards". Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  3. ^ "IWU in Pros". Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  4. ^ a b Gaskins, Bryan (March 14, 2010). "Beachy is taking part in Braves’ spring training". Kokomo Tribune. Retrieved 2010-03-15. 
  5. ^ Geiselman, Steven (August 5, 2010). "Kokomo’s Beachy making noise in the Braves farm system". Kokomo Perspective. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  6. ^ "Brandon Beachy MiLB Stats". Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  7. ^ Bowman, Mark. "Beachy Wins Fifth Starter Spot for Braves". Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ ERA leader Beachy throws first shutout in rout of Fish
  10. ^ "Beachy has partially torn elbow ligament". June 18, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Beachy undergoes Tommy John surgery". Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  12. ^ Bowman, Mark. "Beachy poised to take injured Hudson's slot". Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Braves added Gavin Floyd, settle with Brandon Beachy". USA Today. Associated Press. December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ Bowman, Mark (December 16, 2013). "Braves, Beachy avoid arbitration with one-year deal". Retrieved December 14, 2014. 
  15. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 20, 2014). "Beachy to have Tommy John surgery on Friday". Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ Bowman, Mark (December 2, 2014). "Braves decline tenders to Medlen, Beachy". Retrieved December 3, 2014. 
  17. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Brandon Beachy". Retrieved 26 April 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Rogers, Carroll. "Braves' Beachy has felt the heat of a pressure situation before". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 

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