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Former VBL pitcher in MLB

PHILADELPHIA -- A former Woodstock River Bandit made his major league debut for the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

Brandon Beachy, who pitched for the Valley Baseball League's Woodstock franchise in 2008, lasted 4 1/3 innings in a 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. Beachy, who got the spot start in place of injured starter Jair Jurrjens, allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. He struck out one en route to taking the loss.

Beachy, who signed with the Braves as an undrafted free agent, pitched collegiately at Indiana Wesleyan before joining the River Bandits for the 2008 season. Beachy, who served as the team's closer, struck out 33 batters in just 18 innings for Woodstock before signing with the Braves as an undrafted free agent after a VBL game two weeks before the end of the regular season.

The right-hander needed just two years to reach triple-A Gwinnett County, where he was 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA in eight games (seven starts) for the Braves' top minor league affiliate.

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