Perhaps hidden somewhere in a small town in America is a baseball player with major talent who won't be drafted this week.
That overlooked player can find encouragement in the undrafted major leagues' ERA leader, Atlanta's Brandon Beachy.
Beachy, from Kokomo, Ind., didn't overwhelm scouts as a junior third baseman and closer at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2008.
Braves scout Gene Kerns discovered Beachy that summer at a Virginia league.
Kerns says he needed two days to talk the Braves into offering Beachy a $20,000 signing bonus. It was the only opening Beachy needed.
Beachy shot through the minors and leads the majors with a 1.87 ERA.
He is regarded as a surprise, but Beachy expects success. "I don't see a reason to fail," he says.
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