Brandon Beachy has never pitched out of the bullpen in his MLB career. But if he he wants to make it back to the big leagues, he's willing to do anything.
"I'm prepared to hopefully fill whatever role I'm asked to do," Beachy said Friday on MLB Network Radio.
Starter? Reliever?#SFGiants Brandon Beachy is ready to do anything as he tries to get back to the majors for the first time since July, 2015. pic.twitter.com/gu4yUTzfKc— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) February 9, 2019
The Giants and Beachy agreed to a minor league contract on Feb. 2. He last pitched in the majors four years ago when he appeared in two games and had a 7.88 ERA for the Dodgers in 2015.
After pitching in one inning of Rookie Ball in 2016, Beachy completely took the 2017 season off before making a comeback last year for the New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. There he had a 3.55 ERA in 12 games (2 starts).
"When I went up to the Atlantic League last year, I came out of the bullpen. Wally Backman was my manager there and he really helped me out," Beachy said. "He treated it kind of like a spring training for me.
"I just came out of the 'pen there, but when I came back home and continued to throw, I kind of got on an every-fifth-day rotation to build up my pitch count and my innings."
In 38 starts between 2011 and 2012, Beachy posted a 3.07 ERA for the Braves over 222.2 innings, and struck out 237 batters. His career has been hampered by elbow and forearm issues though, and he's twice undergone Tommy John surgery.
If Beachy makes the Giants at any point in the 2019 season, it will be quite the comeback story, and he clearly has the mindset needed to do so.