In fantasy baseball the key to winning is to have star players that will put up big numbers for you while the rest of your team gives you more value than what you paid for them. This series of articles will examine a list of players that are potential fantasy gold, players that you may not have paid a premium for but, by the end of the season, could have raised their game to the next level and become fantasy stars.
It wasn’t until after my drafts this year that I realized the potential of Brandon Beachy, but I am certainly kicking myself for missing the boat on this one. An unknown commodity coming out of Indiana Wesleyan University, Beachy was undrafted and signed as a 1B/3B free agent in 2008 by the Braves. It was while playing for SIngle-A Myrtle Beach that Beachy’s potential was noticed and he was converted into a pitcher. Beachy took to his new role quite well and developed quite quickly into a pitcher with major league potential. In 2010, Beachy was moved into the starting rotation for Double-A, and it was here that he displayed an uncanny ability to miss bats. Beachy racked up 100 Ks to just 53 hits and 22 walks before he got the nod as a September call-up for the Braves.
After a solid spring training, Beachy opened the 2011 season as the Braves 5th starter. He was excellent in this role all season, only showing minor growing pains in his transition to becoming a Major League starter. Held to an innings limit in his rookie year, Brandon Beachy posted a 3.68 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP while fanning 169 batters in just 141.2 innings. This averages out to an outstanding 10.74 K/9. Extrapolated out to a 200-inning season, this is the equivalent of a 239-strikeout season. Last year, 239 Ks would have fallen short of only Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw for the most in the majors. In addition to the strikeouts, Beachy walked only 46 batters in 142 innings, showing above average control, another sign of good things to come.
It is clear that Brandon Beachy has the tools to become an elite pitcher in this league. He has taken giant leaps forward in every year of his professional career. Barring a step backwards this year, Beachy could find himself drafted among the likes of Felix Hernandez, Tim Lincecum and Jered Weaver next year.
Chad Miller is an amateur Writer, amateur Fantasy Baseball Player, and a Professional at being amateur. You can find him posting nonsensical jibberish at the Cafe under the name lastingsgriller. Also on Twitter @chadmiller16.
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