It may still be a couple weeks away, but Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy finally seems ready to have a fantasy baseball impact this season. Beachy had Tommy John surgery early last season and the fireballer has been working tirelessly to get back to the bigs.
It was originally discussed that Beachy could be moved into the bullpen, because the team didn’t have a clear spot in the rotation. Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, and Julio Teheran have earned their stripes, while veteran Tim Hudson has been the team’s anchor. Atlanta’s other starter, Paul Maholm, has struggled throughout the entire season and the fact that he was just placed on the 15-day DL with a wrist contusion has made the decision much easier for the Braves. Fantasy owners can expect Beachy to step into Maholm’s starting spot in the rotation as soon as he is healthy.
The right-hander has a lifetime 3.07 ERA and has struck out 252 batters in just 237.2 innings of work. Even more impressive was that Beachy had a sizzling 2.00 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 2012 before injuring his elbow. He was truly having an All-Star campaign before ending the year on the DL.
Beachy was supposed to make his season debut on June 18th, but it was pushed back due to some tenderness in his elbow. He has since pitched several rehab starts in Tripe-A Gwinnett and has looked very sharp. In his last start, he gave up just one earned run on five hits in five innings of work. It was just his third rehab start, but the hurler was still able to throw 70 pitches.
Beachy will make at least one more start in the minors before rejoining the team, so now is the time to add him off the waiver wire. He is owned in just 75% of CBS leagues and could possibly still be sitting on the wire in your league. If not, it isn’t a bad idea to try to low-ball an impatient (or tanking) owner for the right-hander.