Found February 09, 2012 on
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Fantasy Sleeper 2012
Brandon Beachy wasn’t even the best Braves pitching prospect heading into 2011. In fact, he was probably #3 behind Mike Minor and Julio Teheran. Regardless, the Braves put him in the starting rotation from the beginning, and those guys started out the year in the minor leagues. Well, Beachy gave them no reason to ever think he wasn’t meant to be there from the beginning. He led the majors in K/9 inning for anyone with more than 2 starts. He walked less than 3 guys per game. He gave them 141 innings, and would have pitched more if it wasn’t for an oblique injury. In that 141 innings, Beachy showed dominate control 169K/46BB, and an ability to make hitters take bad swings. A notorious perfectionist, Beachy was ticked occassionally at missing spots, although his control was nearly impeccable. That’s just the kind of mentality I like in a pitcher. I also like his value based on ADP. There are pitchers going rounds ahead of him that I want less part of. If this guy can throw 180 innings, which isnt’ a stretch, I would say 13 wins and 200 K’s are not out of the realm of possibility. My guess is by years end, he is the Braves most productive fantasy starter. Why the high expectations? Well, he showed the type of Sabermetric numbers in both the minors and in his first year that suggest a nice season. He also is only 25 years old and doesn’t strike me as the type of guy that would have arm troubles. When I’m drafting fantasy baseball players I’m looking for upside and value. Beachy gives you both.
2012 Prediction: 181 Innings, 13-7, 201 K’s, 3.51 ERA, 1.19 WHIP
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Brandon Beachy didnt waste any time preparing for 2012.
A few days after the Braves season ended with that 4-3 13-inning loss to the Phillies on Sept. 28, Beachy was back in the gym.
I really built my day around (working out), he said.
His goal: Build arm strength and endurance to improve his ability to go deeper in games and increase his innings.
Beachy pitched 141 23 innings...
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