Brandon Beachy is being counted on heavily by the Braves this season to start and win games. You read articles in the media about what Beachy will do in 2014 and it is like a given he will have a very successful season.
Until Beachy is able to throw free and easy, I am concerned about whether he will approach his pre-injury production level.
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Beachy was expected back mid-summer last season, but didn’t make his first start until July 29. He then hung it up August 20 after only making five starts. Beachy really wasn’t close to 100%, in my estimation, as he wasn’t able to snap off his breaking pitches. Rather than the trademark Beachy hard breaking curveball, he was relying on a slow, lollipop curve.
Then he had another surgery to clean up the elbow…
Tommy John surgery is often the “Viagara for pitchers” as many come back as good or better. Check out Kris Medlen’s stats since his TJ surgery, he has been statistically one of the best starters in the NL since his return from his elbow injury.
What I do like about Beachy is that after his first start last season, he was able to get guys out his next four starts with sub-par stuff. This injury and the ensuing setbacks are making him a better pitcher and when he does regain his health, he could be “hell on wheels.”
Reports are that after yesterday’s start, Beachy felt just normal soreness. I’m just so skeptical about spring training rhetoric, though. Until we see Beachy throwing his fastball in the low ’90s and throwing that hard curve, I’m concerned. Beachy is a key this season and his progress through spring training is an area I will be tracking.
Hate to be a pessimist, but I have an uneasy feeling about Beachy…