Just pitched so damned well that the Braves put him in the rotation over Mike Minor, even though Minor also pitched well. So I look pretty stupid.
Beachy is from Indiana and went to a small college there. That part of the country is still pretty underscouted compared to the South and West, but it makes very little sense that he was undrafted. He signed with the Braves as a free agent in 2008.
Beachy pitched briefly as a reliever in rookie ball that year, then in 2009 rose through the system from Rome to Myrtle Beach to Mississippi, again working mostly as a reliever (he made eight starts in Myrtle Beach, where he spent most of the season). Last season, he terrorized AA and AAA, converting from relief to starting along the way. In 35 games, 13 starts, Beachy pitched 119 1/3 innings, struck out 148, walked just 28, and allowed just five homers. Unsurprisingly, he went 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA.
He was called up when the major league rotation was collapsing late in the season, and pitched 15 innings. His ERA was 3.00, but that is a result of a lot of runs (four of the nine he allowed) being scored as “unearned”. But his peripherals were good; a strikeout an inning, no homers, and only four unintentional walks.
Very little offensive track record, 2 hits in 12 AB last season in the minors, 1-6 in the majors. He played third base in college so presumably he’s a relatively capable hitter and athlete.