Top prospect Teheran back on track after minor setback

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Braves’ top pitching prospect Julio Teheran suffered a minor setback with back spasms 4-5 days ago, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. But he’s pitching again and might make his first appearance in a split-squad game on Friday in Viera.

“He had a little back spasm, so we slowed down on him but the last couple reports, he’s been great,” Gonzalez said. “Hopefully (he’ll be ready) for the split squad.”

Teheran, 20, is rated No. 5 in Baseball America’s Top 100 prospects and is the highest rated pitcher.

He is not expected to contend for a major league job coming out of spring training, but if he continues to progress this season as he did in his breakout year last year, the Braves will have a hard time keeping in the minor leagues.

Gonzalez hopes to get the Braves’ other two top pitching prospects some action Friday in Viera. Randall Delgado, ranked 35th in that Baseball America list, and Arodys Vizcaino, ranked No. 93, both made the trip to Astros camp Tuesday but neither got into the game. They both warmed up in the ninth for emergency duty in case Jairo Asencio ran into trouble.

Teheran, Delgado and Vizcaino are all in the Braves major league camp for the first time.

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Micah Turell

March 1st, 2011
5:22 pm


March 1st, 2011
5:28 pm

Really exciting to think about these quality young players not only on the MLB roster but progressing rapidly in the minors. I wonder if they continue to progress, and no space on the MLB roster, will FW will be doing some trading for perhaps an outfielder or a shortstop at some point?


March 1st, 2011
5:42 pm

Man, with all these Latin players on our team of the future, we might as well change our “Braves” to “Los Bravos”


March 1st, 2011
5:47 pm

SamIam are you as ignorant as your comment seems to be what difference does that mean.


March 1st, 2011
5:48 pm


March 1st, 2011
6:07 pm

Cliff, what? How is that ignorant? If anything, it is attentive, quite the opposite.

eric the elder

March 1st, 2011
6:41 pm

There was a time when the Braves teams had only white Anglos. Yet they were called the Braves after people with reddish brown skin.

According to some reasoning I see here, they should have been named something like the Boston White Cherokees.

Billy Jack's Barbecue & Shrimp Co

March 1st, 2011
7:11 pm

8th, eating a salad tonight after reading Jeff Schultie’s article on our dilemma in CF.

nick p.

March 1st, 2011
8:29 pm

“gotta feeling 21 is gonna be a good year” to quote The Who for Julio’s birthday and probably when he will be a regular on our pitching staff, Teheran, Jurrjens, Hanson, and perhaps Minor and Hudson, if all of them stay together next year, i think we are back into the mold of 1990s again, now if we could just have a better offensive team than we did in the 1990s then we will definitely win more games and and perhaps a couple of Wolrd Series!


March 1st, 2011
10:27 pm

If we’re making Who references, how about “The Kids are Alright”?

JC Boscan III

March 1st, 2011
10:36 pm

Yes, and the Boston Braves were previously the Boston Beaneaters, which is an obvious slur of those who descend from Pharticus….. Baseball isn’t supposed to be a politically correct sport. Men scratch and spit on national TV — it’s baseball….!!! There’s no whining in baseball….!!!!!

JC Boscan III

March 1st, 2011
11:03 pm

Wow — at least 27 minutes of stunned silence on an AJC blog………………..!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Braves #17 Fan

March 1st, 2011
11:16 pm

@SamIAm – Only a fourth of the current roster are Latino players. Of the top 10 prospects, only three appear to be Latino. It would make the most sense to keep the current name.


March 2nd, 2011
12:37 am

how can we be saved from the eternal liberty media grave?


March 2nd, 2011
5:56 am

@ J.C. – There’s no whining in baseball….!!!!!

Unless you are the Cardinals. They whine all of the time. Just ask Brandon Phillips.

An Adult

March 2nd, 2011
7:36 am

Just a test comment to see why my last comment that boils down to ‘who cares’ what ethnicity or race compose the Braves players? Or is that too controversial in the South?

An Adult

March 2nd, 2011
7:37 am

Sorry .. last comment should have asked why the previous comment was banned? I’m all for the all Napalese team if they can hit, catch and pitch.

Don KeBallz

March 2nd, 2011
9:20 am

Los Bravos seria un nombre perfecto para este equipo. La gente blanca estan muy celosos!

Braveman n Orlando

March 2nd, 2011
9:24 am

I look forward to Fridays game. One of three for me this Spring. It’s great living near multiple stadiums. I’ll miss Chipper but I like to see the up and comers. I hope all 3 get in the game.

south georgia braves

March 2nd, 2011
9:58 am

eric the elder – This blog is about baseball. All we care about is a players ability, affect in the clubhouse and work ethics. No other criteria comes into play. Especially the topic you tried to raise.

Now back to Baseball: I know we are only four games into ST, but I like what I’ve seen (and read) so far. I have four questions marks for this year. They are 1) Heyward and the “jinx”, 2) Freeman’s hitting, 3) Replacing Billy Wags and 4) Chipper’s return.

It’s way too early to get a read on #3, but 1,2 and 4 and looking good at this point.

Also, I know it isn’t the Braves, but if anyone loves baseball and needs to watch a game, the Cubs are on WGN Sunday against the Dodgers. 1:30 I think.


March 2nd, 2011
9:58 am

Good grief. Can we have one thread that isn’t hijacked by some troll over some worthless opinion?

Heyward, Hanson, Freeman, Medlen, Venters, Kimbrel…

Yepper, I can see why all the talk about the future of the team being all Latin has come to the forefront.

Braveman n Orlando

March 2nd, 2011
10:35 am

Who cares? It’s a Baseball “TEAM”! Comprised of guys from ALL over the world. Just root for your “TEAM”. This isn’t 1950-something! When i was a kid Hank Aaron was my favorite player. I had his poster on my wall. He was a great player on my favorite TEAM! I never could understand how anything else could enter into it. I also had a poster of Roberto Clemnte just because he was a great player. My dad always had issues with both but it never made ANY sense why. It still doesn’t. It’s 2011 people! Come on!


March 2nd, 2011
11:52 am

oh yes…good things in store for the braves. i see another stretch of glory days to begin in the near future. let’s just consider the past five years as rebuilding time…but with a playoff berth. not too shabby.

Robin Of The Hood

March 2nd, 2011
12:10 pm

SamIAm, how about we relese all the Latin players then call the team The Atlanta Losers? I dont care if a guy is Latin, Black, White, Hispanic, or a freaking Alien as long as he can go out and get the job done when he is called apon to do it. If the Braves Front Office thought like that then we would have never had such a solid CF as Andruw Jones, never had the power display of Andres Galarraga, and in my opinion a guy who Baseball Writers should look at with a chance of being in the Hall Of Fame, Javy Lopez…Those guys helped this team win year after year cause they could PLAY THE GAME!!!


March 2nd, 2011
12:58 pm

Well, ramblingman… No Mitchell oe Robert sightings of late, so that is at least, a good thing.


March 2nd, 2011
1:39 pm

Javy Lopez in the hall of fame? Muy HAHAHA!

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March 2nd, 2011
2:31 pm

off the field is just as inportant as on field, i was just thinking about Princess winalota..

Robin Of The Hood

March 2nd, 2011
2:32 pm

Hey Joshua go look at other numbers of HOF Catchers and you’ll see the valid arguement here


March 2nd, 2011
3:23 pm

when will the braves make an appearance on tv this spring?


March 2nd, 2011
5:11 pm

I pray for Julio every day and I hope that the back spasm is truly minor and won’t set him back. GO JULIO!

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