Kokomo, Indiana's own Brandon Beachy has had a meteoric rise to the majors. Signed as an undrafted free-agent in 2008, Beachy (who had primarily played the infield in college) spent most of the first 2 years of his professional career as a relief pitcher. From 2008, where he appeared in six games at short season Danville, through 2010, Brandon started only 21 of the 76 games he had appeared in. So far in 2011, the rookie has been a solid member of the Atlanta rotation, having gone 7-2, with a 3.58 ERA, while setting the modern Braves franchise record for strikeouts by a rookie (160 and counting). Tomorrow, the kid from Kokomo will be seeking to pitch the Braves one game closer to locking up the Wild Card, as he starts at Washington.
Anyone else notice the Beachy/Kokomo and "Kokomo" by the Beach Boys connection? I know, it's a horrible song; but weird, none-the-less.