Last week I wrote an article about who will be the most important Braves player in 2014. Julio Teheran was my choice due to the Braves needing a true number one starter with big-time stuff and Teheran having that type ability. There were other Braves players I considered as MIP, but Teheran seemed like the logical choice at the time.
With Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy leaving their last spring starts with injuries and Mike Minor most likely out the first couple weeks of the season, Teheran is now the unquestioned most important Braves player. The pressure will be on the slim Colombian to give the Braves a great start nearly every time out.
It is almost getting a little spooky this spring. I also wrote an article last week about my concern over Beachy’s health. Then his next start he goes out with arm tightness. Should I place a moratorium on myself on negative predictions and just stay with the positive stuff? Actually I have never considered myself that great at predicting the future, if I was that good at it I’d be living in Las Vegas.
Getting back to Teheran, will he be the Braves Opening Day starter? It would seem that he is the obvious choice, but knowing that Fredi Gonzalez likes to select veteran pitchers to start Opening Day, it wouldn’t surprise me if Freddy Garcia gets the ball.
Should Braves fans panic over these injuries to the starters? Obviously horrible news and a big blow to the Braves chances this season, but I have confidence that Frank Wren and the organization will find quality replacement options. The Braves minor league system has high quality prospects available that could be traded for starting pitching if necessary.