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A lot of people were wrong about Brandon Beachy

Jun 22, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

Brandon Beachy AP

I was one of them.

Rookie right-hander Brandon Beachy came off the disabled list on Wednesday to strike out a career-high 11 batters in six innings against the Blue Jays.  The only run off him came courtesy of Jose Bautista‘s major league-high 22nd homer.

Beachy, who missed a month with a strained left oblique, moved to 2-1 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in nine starts this season.  In 12 starts since debuting last year, he has a 3.17 ERA.

Now, one doesn’t have to dig very hard to come up with pitchers who have started off their careers with a handful of good starts and quickly faded from there.  Some guys have just enough deception in their deliveries or a tricky enough breaking ball to excel once around the league and then fall apart soon thereafter.

Still, most of those guys weren’t striking out batters like Beachy has so far.  He has 72 strikeouts in 65 1/3 innings as a major leaguer.  This year, he has a 57/14 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings.

That’s exceptionally encouraging, and it suggests that Beachy is here so stay.  His fastball isn’t outstanding at 90-94 mph, but he has four legitimate pitches and very good command.  Since I didn’t see a true outpitch, I viewed him as maybe a fifth starter and more likely a middle reliever entering this season.  Now he looks much more like a legitimate No. 3.

  1. 5thbase - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    He’s been pretty highly rated by independent evaluaters but we’ll see. I like going through old baseball cards and seeing the guys who were supposed to be so good but then did so little I completely forget about them.

  2. bleedgreen - Jun 23, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    We’ll see. Not saying isn’t or won’t be really good, but one good outing does not a great pitcher make. Or something.

    Didn’t the Phils knock him around in his first major league start?

    • bengunby - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM

      You’re aware, are you not, that he’s had more than just “one good outing”. Perhaps you should re-read the article.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 23, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      Not really…here’s his line from that start last year.

      B Beachy
      (L, 0-1)
      4.1 4 3 1 3 1 0 82-48 2.08

      But his two starts against the Phightins this year have been less than spectacular. He was tagged with both losses at home.
      4/9 (10-2 loss) 6.0 7 4 4 1 2 2 7 13 24 80
      5/13 (5-4 loss) 2.0 6 3 3 1 1 1 4 7 13 55

  3. adenzeno - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    90-94 is pretty hard actually….

  4. Detroit Michael - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    With the K/IP and BB/IP he has shown so far in the majors, his ceiling is higher than a “legitimate No. 3” starter in my opinion.

    • bengunby - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:16 PM

      True, but in Atlanta, he won’t be anything above that. Hanson, Teheran & Delgado are gonna be the 1-3, I would imagine. Having Beachy and Minor as future 4s and 5s is a great luxury. And I keep forgetting about Vizcaino.

      • Detroit Michael - Jun 27, 2011 at 11:15 AM

        His ceiling is higher than being one of the top 33-48 NL starters, is what I meant.

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