Well, here we are again- it's time to look at the former Valley Leaguers who have been named top prospects by Baseball America.
We'll begin with the Atlanta Braves. BA has named former Woodstock Riverbandit (08) Brandon Beachy the #8 prospect in the system. Bill Ballew, in his writeup, says that Brandon has a "live, fresh arm with good overall command of three pitches...his hard, sharp-breaking curveball has quality depth...hitter rarely barreled [his] pitches last season, even when he reached the big leagues."
Then, about his future: "[His] repertoire and feel for pitching bode well for the long term."
Brandon was also mentioned in the Braves chat:
CJ (Charlotte): Is Brandon Beachy really good enough to be a #3 starter? He wasn't that impressive in his 2 - 3 starts in Atlanta last year.
Bill Ballew: Wasn't that impressive? Really? Here was a guy who had been shut down after the minor league season, only to get an unexpected call to make his major league debut in a pennant race. Plus, he wasn't even starting until the middle of the season. If that's not impressive, especially with his ERA, I don't know what is. He may not be a No. 3 guy with Atlanta, but he has that ability at the major league level. Beachy has a nasty repertoire with an even better feel for pitching. He's also versatile, a guy who could be as effective as a reliever as a starter. He was the sleeper of the 2010 season who should have even better days ahead.
Imagine this- Brandon was playing in Woodstock in the summer of 2008. Two summers later, after not even being drafted, he was pitching in the major leagues in the middle of a pennant race. It looks like he has a very bright future!