FORT MILL, S.C — Brandon Beachy’s work after being promoted to Gwinnett in late July was impressive. But it’s when you look at his numbers for the entire season that you really take notice.
The right-hander was so good, in fact, that he claimed the unofficial ERA title for the entire minor leagues.
Beachy, who turned 24 on Friday, had a combined 1.73 ERA in 35 games with the Class AAA G-Braves and Class AA Mississippi. The next best ERA for a pitcher with more than 100 innings was 2.04.
Working as both a starter and reliever, Beachy pitched 1192⁄3 innings and had 148 strikeouts to 28 walks. Opponents batted .211.
Beachy was 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 27 games for Mississippi, making six starts. He started seven of his eight games with the G-Braves, going 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA and picking up a save in his one relief outing.
What makes Beachy’s success especially noteworthy is that he was mainly a third baseman at tiny Indiana Wesleyan College and was signed by the Braves as a free agent after pitching summer ball in 2008.
Kimbrel, Martinez promoted
Craig Kimbrel and Cristhian Martinez are headed back to the majors for the rest of the season, giving the Atlanta bullpen an extra boost for the pennant chase. Both pitched well in earlier stints with the Braves.
Kimbrel finished with a 1.62 ERA and 23 saves in 26 opportunities with the G-Braves, striking out 83 in over 552⁄3 innings in 48 games. He walked 35, but opponents batted just .146.
Martinez, picked up from the Marlins early in the season, appeared in 23 games with Gwinnett and was 5-1 with a 3.08 ERA.
Martinez, 28, and Kimbrel, 22, were sent back to Gwinnett last week knowing that they would be return as soon as the International League season ended.
Martinez had a 3.05 ERA and 15 strikeouts to one walk over 222⁄3 innings during 13 games with Atlanta. Kimbrel was 2-0 with a 0.96 ERA in nine appearances. He struck out 17, but walked 11 in 91⁄3 innings.
Dismuke finally gets call
Gwinnett hitting coach Jamie Dismuke will get a taste of the majors at last, joining the Braves as an extra coach for a couple of weeks. G-Braves manager Dave Brundage did the same last season.
Dismuke, 40, didn’t reach the major in eight years as a Reds’ prospect and has been a minor league coach for 11 years, the first nine with the Cincinnati organization. He will join the Braves in Pittsburgh today and stay with the team through Sept. 19.
In early October, Dismuke will head to the Arizona Fall League, where he will be a coach under manager Don Mattingly with the Phoenix Desert Dogs. Dismuke played in the AFL and also coached there once before, winning the championship both times.
Four players who were with Gwinnett this season are scheduled to play with the Desert Dogs, including first baseman Freddie Freeman and Beachy. The others are pitchers Michael Broadway and Erik Cordier.