Brandon Beachy

Brandon Beachy prepared to 'fill whatever role' for Giants in comeback

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Brandon Beachy prepared to 'fill whatever role' for Giants in comeback

Brandon Beachy has never pitched out of the bullpen in his MLB career. But if he he wants to make it back to the big leagues, he's willing to do anything. 

“I’m prepared to hopefully fill whatever role I’m asked to do," Beachy said Friday on MLB Network Radio. 

The Giants and Beachy agreed to a minor league contract on Feb. 2. He last pitched in the majors four years ago when he appeared in two games and had a 7.88 ERA for the Dodgers in 2015.

After pitching in one inning of Rookie Ball in 2016, Beachy completely took the 2017 season off before making a comeback last year for the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. There he had a 3.55 ERA in 12 games (two starts). 

"When I went up to the Atlantic League last year, I came out of the bullpen. Wally Backman was my manager there and he really helped me out," Beachy said. "He treated it kind of like a spring training for me.

"I just came out of the 'pen there, but when I came back home and continued to throw, I kind of got on an every-fifth-day rotation to build up my pitch count and my innings."

In 38 starts between 2011 and 2012, Beachy posted a 3.07 ERA for the Braves over 222.2 innings, and struck out 237 batters. His career has been hampered by elbow and forearm issues though, and he's twice undergone Tommy John surgery. 

If Beachy makes the Giants at any point in the 2019 season, it will be quite the comeback story, and he clearly has the mindset needed to do so.

MLB rumors: Brandon Beachy, Giants agree to minor league contract

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MLB rumors: Brandon Beachy, Giants agree to minor league contract

The last time Brandon Beachy was a consistent starter in the big leagues, Buster Posey had only one World Series title, but the Giants reportedly are taking a flier on the former Braves standout. 

The Giants and Beachy have agreed to a minor league contract, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Saturday.

Beachy, 32, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2015, when he made two starts for Farhan Zaidi’s Dodgers. Beachy twice signed with the Dodgers during Zaidi’s time there, but he has been off the radar for most of the past half-decade.

Beachy broke through with the Braves in 2011 and had a 3.68 ERA in 25 starts. The next year, he posted a 2.00 in 13 starts, and led the majors in ERA before having Tommy John surgery. He never made it back to that form and had a second Tommy John surgery in 2014.

Continued elbow injuries knocked Beachy out of baseball in 2016 but he resurfaced in independent ball last season, throwing 12 2/3 innings for the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League.

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If he makes it back, Beachy would be one hell of a story, the second coming of Ryan Vogelsong, in a way. For now, he figures to get a shot to serve as Triple-A depth. While the Giants feel good about their big league rotation, they do not have much in terms of starting pitching at the upper levels of the minors.