Beachy wins fifth spot
The Braves have optioned Mike Minor to Triple-A Gwinnett and informed him that Brandon Beachy will begin the season as their fifth starter. Minor was informed of the decision Thursday morning. <p>
“We just feel Brandon gives us a better chance to win right now,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “It was a tough decision to make.”
Beachy began receiving congratulatory messages from his teammates shortly after arriving at the clubhouse Thursday morning.
“Obviously I’m happy about it,” Beachy said. “I’m excited about the opportunity. Hopefully we can a few wins and I can be a big contributor to help us reach our goal.” <p>
Minor, the seventh overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has compiled just 175 innings in pro ball. The 23-year-old left-hander has tremendous upside, but could seemingly benefit from having a chance to spend more time refining his curveball and changeup.
“We just told him to go down and stay ready because you never know when you’re going to be needed,” Wren said.
Minor said he was simply happy a decision had been made. Last week, he seemed to be preparing himself to the possibility he would begin the year in the Minors.
“It’s going to be a good,” Minor said. “I just wanted an answer and today I got it. Now I can focus on getting ready for the season at Triple-A. It’s going to be good for me to work on my curveball and hopefully go back up when I have all three of my pitches going and be able to spot them up.” <p>
Beachy, signed as an undrafted free agent in 2008, has made a meteoric rise after beginning last year in Double-A Mississippi’s bullpen. He made three strong starts for Atlanta at the end of last year and has shown great command during Spring Training.
“To be in this situation to break with the team, it’s awesome,” Beachy said. <p>