Beachy not satisfied with just winning a job

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — He went from undrafted free-agent signee to Braves opening-day rotation in under three years, but Beachy said it was too soon to say all his work paid off.

“I haven’t even won a game in the big leagues,” the rookie said a few hours before pitching six scoreless innings of two-hit ball against Detroit on Friday night. “I mean, it’s definitely an accomplishment to be on the roster, but it’s nothing compared to what I want to accomplish.”

He’s scheduled to start the exhibition finale Wednesday against Minnesota at Turner Field.

Beachy, 24, is a formerly obscure right-hander from Indiana Wesleyan. His stock soared in 2010 when he led all minor league pitchers with a 1.73 ERA while recording 148 strikeouts in 119 1/3 innings.

Brought to the majors to replace the injured Jurrjens on Sept. 20, he posted a 3.00 ERA in three starts for the Braves and had 15 strikeouts in 15 innings.

Beachy has limited opponents to seven hits and two runs in 23 innings over his past five spring starts. He had one walk with six strikeouts against Detroit, faced two batters over the minimum in six innings, and threw 50 strikes in 74 pitches.

In two starts against the Tigers over seven days, he allowed three hits in 11 scoreless innings.

“It’s always a challenge facing the same team twice in a row, but I like the challenge,” he said after Friday’s game. “It’s really nice now to take a deep breath and know I’m going to Atlanta.”

After the news was reported Thursday that he won the job, “I heard from just about everybody that knows me,” Beachy said. “My phone was going off all day.”

His first call was to his parents in Indiana, who immediately began planning vacation time and checking into flights to see some of their son’s initial starts.

“They’re pretty excited,” he said, then corrected himself. “They’re ecstatic.”

So is Beachy.

“Really excited,” he said. “I’m anxious. Anxious to get going. It’s going to be a lot of fun, hopefully. I’m looking forward to contributing to our cause, achieving goals, and being a part of it.”

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TG from CA

March 25th, 2011
6:16 pm

We (the fans, bloggers) need to be patient with the kid. He should be fun to watch but like he said…he has yet to win a major league game


March 25th, 2011
6:18 pm

Now THAT’s the kind of attitude you always want on your team.

Dennis Reynolds

March 25th, 2011
6:19 pm



March 25th, 2011
6:27 pm

He’s saying really good stuff….

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March 25th, 2011
6:37 pm

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louisville slugger

March 25th, 2011
7:21 pm

DOB, what are you hearing about the Braves’ confidence in their relievers / closer(s)?

big o

March 25th, 2011
7:49 pm

Congrats to Beachy !!! Now the real work begins I think he will do fine. After being in Dallas for a year and a half I cant wait to get to the Ted. I’m ready I think we will win the division. Beat the Reds and Rockies in the playoffs and face Boston in the WS.
@louisville slugger
You dont expect DOB to answer that do ya ? Here is the question of the day …. Name the top 5 BQ spots in the ATL. Coming home from Tx I must say I thought the BQ would be better. The best in the ATL is this guy that has a mobile BQ stand and he parks it at a store on Glenwood rd.(I go during the day) and I drive from east cobb too it;s worth it. also DOB when are we hearing your picks


March 25th, 2011
7:53 pm

Good for him. Love his attitude and approach.


March 25th, 2011
8:55 pm

Beachy absolutely brilliant tonight against Tigers. 6 IP–0 runs-1 BB–6 K’s.


March 25th, 2011
9:00 pm

Sherill had another great outing today, guess he is a lcck now for one of the final spots on the roster, as bobby would say, he pitched real good today.

Mark (another one)

March 25th, 2011
9:24 pm

Williamson Brother’s BBQ, Sam’s BBQ1 and Dave Poe’s BBQ are all good and a short drive if you live in East Cobb.

Near the Ted is Daddy Dz’s.

Go Braves


March 26th, 2011
10:43 am

I can’t wait to see him pitch this year. Good luck Beachy. Help take us all the way.

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