There’s been many feel good stories coming out of the Braves spring camp, but starter Julio Teheran’s performance may be the best news of all. Teheran has appeared in four games and not only has he been effective, he has dominated.
That is very good news for the Braves, as the effectiveness of that number five-spot in the rotation in 2013 may be the difference between finishing second in the Eastern Division of the National League, and winning the division.
The Braves have four solid starters in Hudson, Medlen, Maholm and Minor; and the hopes are that Teheran will not only win the number five-spot in the rotation, but that he will pitch like the guy who Baseball America the past few years has hyped as one of the top young pitching prospects in baseball.
Not only has Teheran been very effective, there has been very good news that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet. Teheran’s fastball has been clocked in the low to mid 90s. Last season at AAA Gwinnett, Teheran was throwing in the high 80s to low 90s.
The increased velocity helps set up Teheran’s sinking fastball, curve ball and change-up.
I expect Julio Teheran to be a top contender for the National League Rookie of the Year award in 2013.