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March 14, 2010

Beachy is taking part in Braves’ spring training

Brandon Beachy is turning some heads in the Atlanta Braves’ organization.

A former undrafted free agent, Beachy is taking part in a spring mini-camp that features some of the Braves’ top minor leaguers and runs in conjunction with the big league camp. Beachy and the other prospects reported three weeks ahead of other minor leaguers.

“It’s going pretty well for me,” said Beachy, a Northwestern High School product. “I’m having a good time down here, I feel good and I’ve had pretty good results out of my bullpen sessions so far.”

Beachy is one of six pitchers in the mini-camp, which also includes five or six position players. The minor leaguers take turns serving as backups in spring training games. Beachy has dressed for a few games, but has not been called on yet. He explained he could see action if a pitcher is scheduled to go four innings and instead goes only three.

Beachy is the youngest minor leaguer in the mini-camp.

“It’s a good feeling, but I have to concentrate pretty hard on doing what I do and continuing to get better. Otherwise, all the attention I’m getting now won’t mean anything,” he said.

Beachy joined the Braves’ organization as an undrafted free agent out of Indiana Wesleyan University in July 2008. He went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in limited work with a rookie league team that summer.

Beachy continued to pitch well in 2009, compiling a 4-3 record with one save and a 3.87 ERA in 76 2/3 innings of work spread over 35 appearances and three different teams. He showed excellent control, striking out 64 batters and walking only 19.

Beachy spent the bulk of his time with the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Pelicans of the Class A Advanced Carolina League where his workload included eight starting assignments. He had worked exclusively out of the bullpen to that point.

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