Beachy fantasy baseball replacements

Fantasy owners need options after learning Brandon Beachy needs season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Brandon Beachy will become the 21st player to undergo Tommy John surgery this season when Dr. James Andrews conducts the procedure on the Braves' ace June 21.  The pitcher is owned in 84.8 percent of all FOXSports.com fantasy baseball leagues (5 wins / 68 K / 2.00 ERA / 0.96 WHIP) and presents a challenge for those owners looking to replace him with a reliable arm in their rotation.

So, here we go again.  I've reviewed our fantasy baseball waiver wire focusing on the "percent owned" column to reach the broadest audience/ownership group possible.

My top 5 fantasy replacements for Beachy are:

  • Andy Pettitte (46.5 percent owned)
    • 3 wins / 46 K / 2.77 ERA / 1.05 WHIP (2012 season)
  • Jonathon Niese (22.6 percent owned)
    • 2 wins / 35:10 K:BB / 2.48 ERA / 1.10 WHIP (last 30 days)
  • A.J. Burnett (36.8 percent owned)
    • 5 wins / 25 K / 2.01 ERA / 1.21 WHIP (last 30 days)
  • Wade Miley (65 percent owned)
    • 8 wins / 57:17 K:BB / 2.30 ERA / 1.06 WHIP (2012 season)
  • Felix Doubront (51 percent owned)
    • 7 wins / 81 strikeouts / 4.30 ERA / 1.34 (2012 season)

Notable: Ryan Dempster (54.4 percent owned), Trevor Cahill (41 percent owned), Edwin Jackson (33.2 percent owned), and Matt Moore (55.5 percent owned)

He may not be a household fantasy baseball name like Beachy, but Toronto pitcher Drew Hutchison is visiting specialists this week to learn whether or not he'll become the 22nd player to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2012.

In other news, the Colorado Rockies have decided to go with a 4-man rotation with each pitcher on a 75-pitch count.

Now, we wait for the next no-hitter and/or perfect game.