Brandon Beachy’s 16 innings this Spring were impressive enough to win him the job as the Braves’ fifth starter. He struck out 16, walked four and only allowed two earned runs in this span. Primary competitor for the job, Mike Minor, pitched 10 innings striking out seven and only allowing one earned run.
General Manager Frank Wren feels Beachy “gives [the Braves] a better chance to win right now.”
Mike Minor will be the opening day starter for the Gwinnett Braves and likely the first to be called up if Jair Jurrjens’ health becomes an issue.