Tag:Brandon Beachy
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:06 pm

3 up, 3 down for 3/25: Beachy brings it

By Matt Snyder

3 UP

Brandon Beachy, Braves. Fresh off being named the Braves' No. 5 starter to open the season -- over the favorite, Mike Minor -- Beachy went out and dominated the Tigers. He threw six innings, allowing just two hits and one walk while strking out six. He took his spring ERA all the way down to 1.13. That is two earned runs in 16 innings, to go nicely with 16 strikeouts. His WHIP is a minuscule 0.63. If he carries this over into the season, the Braves will have an even more formidable rotation.

Drew Storen, Nationals. It's been a rough spring for Storen, who was initially expected to be the Nats' closer but has since been tabbed as part of a committee in the back-end of the bullpen. Friday, though, he was plugged in for the ninth inning with a one-run lead and made it stand. He threw a perfect inning, striking out two batters.

Adam Jones, Orioles. Breakout season on the horizon? He's got the goods. Friday he showed it, too. Jones went 3-4 with his fifth bomb of the spring, this one a two-run job off Scott Baker.


Brandon McCarthy, A's. The former big-time prospect was having a really solid spring in his quest to earn the A's final starting spot, but he was roughed up Friday. He allowed 10 hits and six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings. He even walked his first batter of the spring. Of course, he did strike out six, so the 20:1 K:BB rate should be enough for him to grab that last spot. He's looking to hold off Tyson Ross and Rich Harden -- if he's ever healthy. Ross is only 23, but he's sporting a 0.59 ERA in 15 1/3 spring innings.

Mitch Talbot, Indians. The Tribe's No. 4 starter was crushed by the Brewers Friday. He gave up 14 hits and seven earned runs in six innings. He even gave up a grand slam to Carlos Gomez. Yes, that same Carlos Gomez who only has 17 career home runs in 1,308 career at-bats. Of course, he does have three this spring, so maybe he's looking to muscle up this year.

Edinson Volquez, Reds. He's here because the outing was termed as "solid" and he said afterward that he "felt great." (MLB.com ) Really? If you're the Reds and this is your ace -- especially considering Homer Bailey and Johnny Cueto are on the shelf and Bronson Arroyo is getting tested for valley fever -- it's gotta be a bit troubling, no? I see five innings pitched, nine hits, three earned runs and four walks. So that's 13 baserunners (a gawdawful 2.60 WHIP), including four extra base hits, and a 5.40 ERA from an ace in his last outing before the regular season. Spring stats don't mean anything and it's possible he's going to flip a switch before the real games start. I'm just saying it's pretty surprising this was considered such a good outing by Volquez and the Reds.

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 1:55 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:25 am

Bumgarner among those on Verducci Effect list

Madison Bumgarner Sports Illustrated 's Tom Verducci has come out with his Verducci Effect watch list for 2011 , led by San Francisco left-hander Madison Bumgarner.

The Verducci Effect states pitchers 25 and younger shouldn't increase their workload more than 30 innings from one year to the next. (In fairness to Verducci, he originally called it the "Year After Effect" because the year after the jump in innings there was a regression or injury).

Last year the 10 on the watch list finished with four pitchers who were hurt or regressed, two we about the same and four -- Mat Latos, Felix Hernandez, Josh Johnson and Max Scherzer had breakout years. Verducci notes it was "as strong a showing against the Verducci Effect since I started tracking it."

The 10 on his list for 2011, followed by their age and innings increase in 2010:
Madison Bumgarner, 21, 73
Alex Sanabia, 22, 66 1/3
Mat Latos, 23, 61 2/3
David Price, 25, 58 2/3
Brandon Beachy, 24, 57
Phil Hughes, 24, 46
Brett Cecil, 24, 41 1/3
Gio Gonzalez, 25, 41
Dillon Gee, 24, 40
Travis Wood, 23, 38 1/3
Ivan Nova, 23, 38 1/3

That's not to say all of these pitchers will struggle or get hurt next season -- pitchers are being watch more closely than ever -- but it is something to watch.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 1:56 pm

Braves making young pitching unavailable

Beachy The Braves have been receiving calls on their pitching surplus due to an impressive stable of young hurlers.

However, clubs have been told that Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens and Mike Minor are off-limits, according to David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . This is not a surprise, as the pitchers will represent the core of Atlanta's future rotations.

However, Brandon Beachy could be had. That doesn't exactly get anyone's heart racing, although Beachy looks like he can end up a quality pitcher with a nice career. He's more in the No. 3 starter mold however, and has yet to prove himself on the big stage so wouldn't serve as the centerpiece for a major deal. However, it's possible he could be enough to land a complementary outfielder.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 5, 2010 1:44 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 2:01 pm

Braves announce rotation

The Braves have announced their rotation for the NLDS against the Giants (via David O'Brien on Twitter ):

Game 1: Derek Lowe
Game 2: Tommy Hanson
Game 3: Tim Hudson
Game 4: Brandon Beachy or Lowe on short rest

The Giants have yet to announce their rotation.

UPDATE: MLB.com's Mark Bowman (via Twitter ) notes Jiar Jurrjens will pitch an instructional league game tonight, but wouldn't be used until the NLDS at the earliest.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 1, 2010 7:45 pm

Jurrjens making progress

Jair Jurrjens The injured Jair Jurrjens is still an option for the Braves this postseason.

Jurrjens threw his second bullpen in the past three days and told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he felt good enough to pitch.

"Some pitches I feel it, some pitches I don't," said Jurrjens, who is dealing with an injured right knee. "It was good."

Jurrjens could pitch in relief this weekend during the series without he Phillies, giving Bobby Cox a chance to see if Jurrjens could be included on the postseason roster.

"It's just good to know that I think he could pitch," Cox said.

Tonight Brandon Beachy is making his third start in Jurrjens' place.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 20, 2010 11:26 am
Edited on: September 20, 2010 3:12 pm

Prospect reveals Jurrjens' injury

Jair Jurrjens A kid gets called up to the big leagues, his parents get excited, let the local paper know, local reporter calls big-time prospect and writes a story.

It doesn't sound like much out of the ordinary -- except when that prospect tells the truth (something many front offices frown upon) and reveals an injury to one of the team's starters on the eve of its biggest series of the season.

That's pretty much what happened Sunday night as Indiana native Brandon Beachy told the Kokomo Tribune that he was in Philadelphia because of Jair Jurrjens' injured knee.

"It's exciting," Beachy told the paper in a phone interview from the team's hotel in Phialdelphia. "We're chasing Philadelphia, we're in Philadelphia. They have an incredible lineup. I'd love nothing more than to be thrown right into this mix and help contribute."

Before the Tribune story, the Braves hadn't said anything about Jurrjens' injury. Monday they're down-playing it.

"it's just a precaution in case," Braves general manager Frank Wren told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 's David O'Brien . "J.J. felt better yesterday. Nothing series, just a tweak to the knee."

We'll see tonight.

Beachy was an emergency starter for Derek Lowe's start at Pittsburgh, but wasn't needed. Lowe, who had a bone chip in his elbow, started the game and won.

Beachy, 24, was 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA in 35 games (13 starts) in Triple-A and Double-A. He had 148 strikeouts and just 28 walks in 119 1/3 innings.

Lost in this may be Beachy's great story -- and why he had every right to be excited. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent two years ago out of Indiana Wesleyan. The baseball draft pretty much goes until people run out of names they can even make up, and this guy wasn't even drafted? Two years later he's on the brink of the big leagues -- that's certainly something to celebrate, even if I couldn't find a photo of the guy.

UPDATE: The Braves have announced Beachy will start for the Braves against the Phillies tonight. Heck of a big-league debut -- face Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jayson Werth opposite Cole Hamels. Congrats and good luck.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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