Daily Notes: A Brief Review of Brandon Beachy’s Season Debut

Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes.

1. A Brief Review of Brandon Beachy’s Season Debut
2. Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today’s Complete Schedule

A Brief Review of Brandon Beachy’s Season Debut
Undrafted out of Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008 following his junior year there, but subsequently signed that summer by Atlanta for $20 thousand out of a collegeiate wood-bat league in Virginia, right-hander Brandon Beachy proceeded to move rapidly through the Braves system. After recording strikeout and walk rates of 26.5% and 5.7%, respectively, in 208.0 innings in the minors, Beachy made his major-league debut in 2010. The following season, he was excellent, posting an 82 xFIP- and 2.8 WAR in 141.2 innings. After 13 starts in 2012, he was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery. His start last (Monday) night against Colorado at home was his first in the majors since June of last year.

What follows is a brief review of same.

Beachy’s Results
Beachy’s defense-independent performance on Monday varied considerably from his actual, real-live one. The 26-year-old recorded a 5:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio against 20 batters over 3.2 innings, producing an entirely reasonable 3.41 xFIP. Simultaneous to that, however, Beachy allowed two home runs and conceded hits on half the balls in play against him, ultimately making him responsible for eight runs (box).

Beachy’s Repertoire
As the PITCHf/x chart below (featuring speed and horizontal movement) reveals, Beachy threw four or five different pitches on Monday — a fastball at about 89-93 mph; a changeup at 81-84 mph; a slider at 80-84 mph; and a slow curve, at 70-74 mph. He also appears maybe to have thrown a lone two-seamer (see below).

Beachy Repertoire

Beachy’s Repertoire, Relative to 2011
As the following comparative charts suggest, Beachy exhibited more or less the same collection of pitches on Monday as he did during his very successful 2011 season — with the difference being possibly that his fastball was a little slower on Monday and his changeup faster but with less arm-side movement.

Beachy Rep Comparison

Action Footage: Beachy’s Fastball
Here’s footage from Monday — with Jorge de la Rosa batting — of Beachy’s fastball, which pitch has historically produced a higher swinging-strike rate than other pitchers’ fastballs:

Beachy DLR FA SS

Action Footage: Beachy’s Two-Seamer, Maybe
Here’s footage — also, again, to de la Rosa — of what was classified as a two-seamer and certainly which features more arm-side run than Beachy’s fastball, generally:

Beach DLR Two Seam SS K

Action Footage: Beachy’s Fastball, Again
Finally, here’s footage of Beachy conceding a double to Dexter Fowler to begin the game — also on the fastball, but less well located than the two above:

Beachy Fowler 2B

Credit to Brooks Baseball for some of the PITCHf/x data here.

Today’s MLB.TV Free Game
Arizona at Tampa Bay | 19:10 ET
Ian Kennedy (119.0 IP, 116 xFIP-, 0.7 WAR) faces Roberto Hernandez (113.1 IP, 89 xFIP-, 0.4 WAR). As noted yesterday, Tampa Bay has recorded a uncharacteristically high park-adjusted home-run rate for a team whose identity has generally been defined, in recent years, by a combination of plate-discipline (on offense), excellent pitching, and excellent defense.

Readers’ Preferred Broadcast: Tampa Bay Radio.

Today’s Complete Schedule
Here’s the complete schedule for all of today’s games, with our very proprietary watchability (NERD) scores for each one. Pitching probables and game times aggregated from MLB.com and RotoWire. The average NERD Game Score for today is 5.1.

Note: the following table is entirely sortable.

Away   SP Tm. Gm. Tm. SP   Home Time
Yovani Gallardo MIL 4 5 4 4 3 CHN Carlos Villanueva 14:20
Lance Lynn STL 6 3 6 7 7 PIT A.J. Burnett 16:05
Tyler Lyons* STL 6 3 5 7 5 PIT Undecided TBD
Jake Peavy CHA 7 1 6 7 6 CLE Scott Kazmir 19:05
Bud Norris HOU 3 3 3 8 2 BAL Wei-Yin Chen 19:05
Barry Zito SF 1 5 3 0 4 PHI John Lannan 19:05
Ste. Strasburg WAS 10 2 9 7 10 DET Anibal Sanchez 19:08
Ian Kennedy AZ 3 2 5 10 6 TB Rob. Hernandez 19:10
Juan Nicasio COL 4 8 6 7 8 ATL Alex Wood* 19:10
Zack Wheeler NYN 3 6 4 1 6 MIA Nathan Eovaldi 19:10
Joe Saunders SEA 3 5 5 7 7 BOS Bra. Workman* 19:10
C.J. Wilson LAA 4 7 6 3 8 TEX Derek Holland 20:05
Tyler Thornburg* MIL 6 5 4 4 2 CHN Jake Arrieta 20:05
Ervin Santana KC 7 7 4 2 1 MIN Mike Pelfrey 20:10
Mark Buehrle TOR 5 7 6 6 6 OAK Dan Straily 22:05
Mat Latos CIN 9 3 6 6 3 SD Edinson Volquez 22:10
Andy Pettitte NYA 5 3 4 3 4 LAN Zack Greinke 22:10

To learn how Pitcher and Team NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
To learn how Game NERD Scores are calculated, click here.
* = Fewer than 20 IP, NERD at discretion of very handsome author.

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