Teheran 5th, Freeman 17th on top 100 prospects list

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Six Braves prospects including five pitchers were named to Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list, led by right-hander Julio Teheran at No. 5.

First baseman Freddie Freeman came in at No. 17, followed by right-hander Randall Delgado (35th), left-hander Mike Minor (37th) and right-handers Craig Kimbrel (86th) and Arodys Vizcaino (93rd).

Teheran is  rated as baseball's best pitching prospect by Baseball America. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Teheran is rated as baseball's best pitching prospect by Baseball America. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

All are in major league camp, though Teheran and Vizcaino are non-roster invitees. Freeman is penciled in as the Braves’ starting first baseman and Kimbrel is a candidate to be their primary closer.

Teheran, who turned 20 last month, is projected to be a staff ace in the not-too-distant future. He was the top-rated pitcher in the Baseball America list.

The slender Colombian was 9-8 with a 2.59  ERA in 24 starts last season for three minor league affiliates in Class A and Double A, totaling 159 strikeouts with 40 walks in 142-2/3 innings.

A year ago, Jason Heyward was rated No. 1 on Baseball America’s top 100 list, and Freeman was the next-highest rated Brave at No. 32.

Heyward homered on opening day in his major league debut, was voted to start in the All-Star game, and finished a close second to San Francisco’s Buster Posey for NL Rookie of the Year.

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Freeman Says Hey

February 23rd, 2011
3:53 pm

1st? With my new itallics to boot….

justin1

February 23rd, 2011
3:59 pm

Cant wait to have Hanson, Hudon, Teheren, Minor, Medlen next season.
I think Lowe and JJ will be gone after this upcoming season.

justin1

February 23rd, 2011
4:00 pm

bobbymahlon

February 23rd, 2011
4:02 pm

Craig Kimbrel at #86 shows you how much they know about rating prospects. Check his stats for last year.

Alex

February 23rd, 2011
4:05 pm

DOB, quick question. Why is Delgado on the 40-man roster and not Teheran? And what does the 40 man roster signify?

ARoell

February 23rd, 2011
4:10 pm

DOB, can you get us an update on Viscaino’s elbow? Alot of people forget that he was actually the cornerstone in the Vazquez deal and good be a middle of the rotation starter in the bigs if it all pans out. I believe in Jordan and in Nate this year. However, if they struggle how likely will we see Jordan and Delgado/Viscaino dealt for a outfield bat (Rasmus, Markakis, etc.)???

Nonetheless, I’m so glad the Braves have built their farm system back up to what it was in the 90’s. The Atlanta fan-base was quick to scrutinize after the Tex deal (Feliz, Andrus, Harrison, Salty) now, the trade is a distant memory.

hmmmm.........

February 23rd, 2011
4:13 pm

Lowe will still be here. He’s untradeable with his contract unless the braves eat most of the cash owed. any word on moving KK?

ARoell

February 23rd, 2011
4:14 pm

Justin, I feel Medlen is more likely to be dealt than Lowe. Lowe is aging and his contract is high so finding suitors would be tough. But Lowe is durable and eats up innings (200+ every year hes been here) which is why the Braves signed him…

Richard Simmons

February 23rd, 2011
4:20 pm

Who is going to trade for Medlen, ARoell? He still has to come back from TJ.

chris

February 23rd, 2011
4:25 pm

other than the royals and maybe the rays, no one really comes close to the talent that the braves have in the farm system. when you got heyward, freeman, teheran, minor, kimbrel, venters, delgado, vizcaino all coming up virtually the same time, most teams have never had that much talent come up at the same time.

Stone Man

February 23rd, 2011
4:37 pm

Who is Jordan ?

SoCarBravesFan

February 23rd, 2011
4:40 pm

I feel like Jurrjens has been the forgotten man this offseason. I’m just as excited as the next guy to see what Teheran can do on the big league level, but JJ has already proven himself once and I’m excited to see if he can bounce back in ‘11.

ATL For Life

February 23rd, 2011
4:48 pm

DOB Teheran is #5 not #6

RomeDawg

February 23rd, 2011
5:11 pm

Our scouting department deserves a big kudos for our strong farm system. They are WAY underrated!

KK

February 23rd, 2011
5:15 pm

ATL FAN

February 23rd, 2011
5:24 pm

Give credit to people when they correct you…

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February 23rd, 2011
5:46 pm

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Voice of Reason

February 23rd, 2011
6:17 pm

bobbymahlon,

The reason Kimbrel is near the end of the list is because he’s not a starter. A lot of experts don’t place much value in relief pitchers. Sure, they are important. But starters have a higher endurance and typically have a wider variety of offspeed stuff. Personally, I’m thrilled that Kimbrel (who’s certainly not projected to be a starter in the future) is ranked in the Top 100. That’s pretty rare.

BRAVO MAN

February 23rd, 2011
7:33 pm

Imagine if we could buy alcohol on SUNDAY…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TOM_UuQzc0

Don't trade Young Pitching

February 23rd, 2011
8:30 pm

The Atlanta fan-base was quick to scrutinize after the Tex deal (Feliz, Andrus, Harrison, Salty) now, the trade is a distant memory.

Says WHO? You think Feliz and Andrus couldn’t make this Braves team? A lot of us who were “quick to scrutinize” were I think proved correct. Tex was a Boras client and while a lot of people who were critical of us wrote about his Atlanta connection and the phantom home town discount he would give the Braves there was more than one hole on that Braves team. Sure Tex was great here but Texas got two All-Star calibre players.

bobbymahlon

February 23rd, 2011
8:42 pm

Kimbrel is going to some day be one of the best closers in the game and those guys are very important.

kruti

February 23rd, 2011
9:32 pm

kimbrel feature as well as dis dick

ARoell

February 23rd, 2011
10:49 pm

Don’t Trade, to get someone good you have to give up something… same way when we traded Wainwright for JD Drew… Drew helped us to the postseason but didn’t resign… Not every trade works out like the Hudson trade does where u give up no one and get a superstar…

Would it be great to have Andrus still? Of course.. but we had SS in Escobar who we thought would mature and adopt the “Braves Way” philosophy but he didnt.. As for the only other player in that trade who would be on our 40 man roster right now, Feliz.. Great talent but he was a crucial part of acquiring Tex and getting in the playoffs…

ARoell

February 23rd, 2011
10:52 pm

Bottom line, some trades you win.. some you wish you could have back…

How do you think the Expos feel about trading Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee and Brandon Phillips for Bartolo Colon?

hansee

February 24th, 2011
1:25 am

no more head first slides

scottbravesfan

February 24th, 2011
2:42 am

I’m surprised Kimbrel was rated this high. If you don’t follow prospect rankings relief pitchers are usually never given any respect and hardly ever even listed in the top 100. That fact that Kimbrel is 86th is pretty impressive. Prospect lists usually list guys with high ceilings and a lot of relievers are failed starters.

Arodyz Vizcaino being ranked 93rd is not surprising. He would have been ranked higher if he did not get injured. Also glad Baseball America has noticed Randall Delgado. The guy is legit.

scottbravesfan

February 24th, 2011
2:45 am

“The Atlanta fan-base was quick to scrutinize after the Tex deal (Feliz, Andrus, Harrison, Salty) now, the trade is a distant memory.”

Speak for yourself on that one. Having Feliz and Andrus would be huge for this team. I mean would rather have Elvis Andrus starting at short for the Braves in 2011 or would you rather have Alex Gonzalez? Because I know which one 99% of the Braves fanbase would rather have. The Braves fan base will never get over that trade nor the one that sent Wainwright to St. Louis for JD Drew.

David O'Brien

February 24th, 2011
6:36 am

Speak for yourself on that one. Having Feliz and Andrus would be huge for this team. I mean would rather have Elvis Andrus starting at short for the Braves in 2011 or would you rather have Alex Gonzalez? Because I know which one 99% of the Braves fanbase would rather have. The Braves fan base will never get over that trade nor the one that sent Wainwright to St. Louis for JD Drew. — scottbravesfan

And if the Braves had won the World Series with either Mark Teixeira or J.D. Drew in the lineup contributing big hits, then 99 percent (or at least a majority) of the fan base would not rate either trade poorly.

Such is the long-term risk that GMs take when they trade prospects for a big-time player in hopes that player will put them over the top in the short term. In retrospect, the Teixeira trade looks bad. Not because he didn’t re-sign (the Braves didn’t think they had much chance of re-signing him when they made the trade), but because they didn’t make a World Series run in either year he played for the team.

David O'Brien

February 24th, 2011
6:39 am

Went to the Orlando Magic game last night. Bowman and I were invited to sit in one of the suites. Beautiful new arena, and I was thinking how nice our seats were until I looked down and saw Bobby Cox, Fredi Gonzalez, Roger McDowell and Fredi’s son sitting courtside in the first row of seats next to the basket. They were about 30 feet from Stan Van Gundy and the Magic bench. Guests of Van Gundy (Fredi’s bud.)

let's gooooo

February 24th, 2011
8:39 am

haha. that’s funny DOB. I hope that game was more interesting than the hawks game against the sun last night. geez. I saw above that someone thought frank would trade jj and lowe and bring up jt and start medlin when he’s healthy, but i don’t see that happening. do you have any idea of what they may do with this? if someone was willing to take lowe’s entire contract at the end of this year i don’t see how frank couldn’t accept that… especially considering jt will most likely be ready for next year…

David O'Brien

February 24th, 2011
8:51 am

I saw above that someone thought frank would trade jj and lowe and bring up jt and start medlin when he’s healthy, but i don’t see that happening. do you have any idea of what they may do with this? let’s goooo

Not happening. No way, not unless you’re talking about next offseason, or the off chance the Braves fall completely out of playoff race during this season before trade deadline. Even then, it’s highly unlikely scenario.

if someone was willing to take lowe’s entire contract at the end of this year i don’t see how frank couldn’t accept that… — let’s gooo

At end of this season, yes, I could see Braves trading Lowe, who’d have one year and $15 mill left on his contract at that point. If they thought Teheran or another was ready to step in, and other starters are healthy, etc.

ARoell

February 24th, 2011
10:31 am

Glad DOB sees the WHOLE trade picture and not just the effect it has 2 years after the fact.

cavebird

February 24th, 2011
11:58 am

Alex–to answer your question as to why Delgado is on the 40-man roster but Teheran is not: it involves service time. Delgado has now been in our minor league system for five years, meaning that another team could have taken him from us in the Rule 5 draft if he were not on the 40-man roster. And given how good Delgado is, somebody (probably the team with the first pick) would have taken him. Accordingly, we put Delgado on the 40-man roster. Teheran is a year younger than Delgado and was not susceptible to being taken in the Rule 5 draft, so we didn’t have to put him on the 40-man roster, and we didn’t. We will put Teheran on the 40-man roster when either (A) we call him up, or (B) he accumulates enough service time to be eligible for the Rule 5 draft (I think that would be after the 2011 season), whichever comes first.

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Tana

February 24th, 2011
2:47 pm

I think that the Tex trade surely looks bad on our parts right now, but it’s a game where you are never really looking at the right now. Granted everyone wants to win a World Series in this season, but everyone is also looking for the best way to financially develop a team to win the World Series next year and the next year. I hate to see guys like Feliz and Andrus doing so well, but remember we traded Feliz as a starting pitcher. Who is to say that the braves organization would have ever moved him to closer? In fact, the Rangers are contemplating moving him back to the starter role now that they are short handed.

I think we have prospects with more upside that Feliz. Andrus…yes that was a miss, but you win you lose you move on to the next thing that works.

adambanks

February 24th, 2011
3:52 pm

And if the Braves had won the World Series with either Mark Teixeira or J.D. Drew in the lineup contributing big hits, then 99 percent (or at least a majority) of the fan base would not rate either trade poorly. – D.O.B

thats what David and many other Braves fans fail to understand. you’ve got to play for long-term success, not just a chance at the world series one year. Braves fans would much prefer to wait for players develop in order to have constant playoff appearances than just a single year with a shot at the world series

ramblingman

February 24th, 2011
4:23 pm

adambanks, the question is what do you do if you truly believe you are > < this close to the playoffs and have a chance to get a component that adds a missing piece to your team, one that makes it much more complete, at a cost of some future talent that may or may not pan out.

Do you pull the trigger? Or do you hold off and chance missing a grab at the golden ring?

There is no answer set in stone. That is why the management gets paid so much. They have to evaluate options and make moves based on what they think is best at the time. So when preparing to criticize any move, I always try to keep that in mind and give the benefit of the doubt usually.

Fan since 1977

February 24th, 2011
9:07 pm

The Texeira trade taught us never again do we mortgage the farm for a soon-to-be Scott Boras free agent, no matter how nice a guy he is.

ugaaccountant

February 24th, 2011
10:18 pm

Count me in the 1%. No way do you trade your future for a short term rental of any kind. Baseball is a game for the patient, those who think long term. We aren’t the yankees and many fans would rather have a good team every year than 1 playoff team followed by lean years.

DerekZ

February 25th, 2011
5:35 am

No doubt, Teheran is gonna be DOUBLE PITS TO CHESTY for a long, long time.

ramblingman

February 25th, 2011
11:17 am

derek, is shouting a term that was urbanly popular over two years ago the only way you have of communicating your thoughts? Is your favorite movie “Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo”? Do you have a street map shaved into your hairline? Do you wear your Hammer pants proudly?

Just asking…

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