Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Brandon Beachy has elected free agency after being out-righted by the team back in August. According to MLB, a player is entitled to elect free agency if he has at least three years of service time and is removed from the 40-man roster. In doing so, Beachy is negating his $3.5 million club option.
Dodgers Minor Leaguers Brandon Beachy, Eric Surkamp, Scott Baker and Chin-hui Tsao declare free agency.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) October 13, 2015
Beachy made two starts for the Dodgers this season for a total of eight innings. He didn't do particularly well in those two starts, as he allowed seven earned runs and 16 base runners. However, his strand rate of 61.6 percent and .333 BABIP are likely indications of some bad luck. A below average strand rate could also be an indication that Beachy is still working to rediscover his strikeout pitch. In those eight innings (a small sample size), Beachy was only able to retire five batters via strikeout; well below his career mark of a strikeout per inning.
By coming back in 2015, Beachy became another pitcher to bounce back from a second Tommy John surgery. According to an article from Lenny Bernstein at the Washington Post, the success rate for pitchers who have had two TJ surgeries is 65.5 percent.
If Beachy is able to generate more swings-and-misses, he could definitely find a suitable employer in spring training. Whether that materializes into a bullpen job or a low rotation spot is still in question. However with his injury history, he may be forced to take a minor-league deal, or a major league contract built upon incentives.