Teheran registers 96 mph in spring debut

JUPITER, Fla. – He’s the top-rated pitching prospect in baseball and could be the ace of the Braves’ rotation before long. But on Monday, Julio Teheran was just a really talented kid not quite sure when he was going in a game.

The 20-year-old Colombian made his much-anticipated debut in the seventh inning of a 10-inning Grapefruit League loss to the Marlins at Roger Dean Stadium, where most of the fans probably weren’t aware how special was this particular late-innings “reliever.”

Teheran, a reliever only this spring, struck out the first batter he faced, ex-Brave Joe Thurston. He topped out at 96 mph with his fastball while working one scoreless inning and giving up two singles.

His debut had been delayed because of back spasms that slowed him earlier in camp.

“In the bullpen he could not wait to go out there,” said Braves bullpen coach Eddie Perez. “He thought he was the second pitcher. I told him, no, you’re in the 7th or 8th inning. He said no, I’m ready to go. This was the first time he’s come out of the bullpen, too. And all of a sudden that [Marlins’ sixth] was a quick inning for them.

“I was worried he was going in there without being ready. But he was ready.”

Teheran struck out Thurston with a fastball on the outer edge of the plate. Ozzie Martinez followed with a single to left field. Brett Hayes hit a fielder’s choice grounder that could’ve been a double play if it had been handled cleanly.

Logan Morrison singled through right side of the infield with two outs, and former Phillie Greg Dobbs grounded out to first base to end the inning.

Teheran was glad to get his first game out of the way.

“Very emotional,” he said, with Perez translating for him. “I wanted to do everything good. It’s difficult for me, different because I’ve never come out of the bullpen.”

On the strikeout: “That felt very good,” he said. “I got relaxed after that.”

Teheran was the last of the Braves’ elite pitching prospects to debut this spring, after Randall Delgado, Arodys Vizcaino and rising left-hander Brett Oberholtzer.

Delgado had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning Monday in his third appearance.

“Both were composed and ahead of hitters, for the most part,” pitching coach Roger McDowell said of Delgado and Teheran. “Delgado was ahead, used his changeup and breaking ball. I thought both of them did well.

“You never know how they’re going to react. You’re hoping that they have success when they go out there, that they’re able to throw and command the strike zone. And for the most part, they’ve all done it. Julio’s first time was today, and he was able to do it.

“It’s nice to see our young kids are coming up and are not overwhelmed by pitching here in spring training against major league hitters or in this kind of atmosphere.”

Teheran’s fastballs were clocked at 92-96 mph, and he made that velocity look easy.

“They all have,” McDowell said. “Vizcaino, Teheran, Oberholtzer, Delgado, [Juan] Abreu — even though it’s his second camp he’s made some adjustments. They’ve been having positive results. It’s nice to see.”

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bairet

March 7th, 2011
6:43 pm

Bruce

March 7th, 2011
6:46 pm

savannah brave

March 7th, 2011
6:49 pm

this kid is going to be special,i watched him pitch against the sand gnats last year and he was lights out

N8

March 7th, 2011
6:51 pm

Can’t wait for these guys (along with Medlen, Hanson, Kimbrel, Venters, Minor, Beachy and even Jurrjens – he’s not traded) to be ruling this pitching staff for years to come.

While the Phillies withing 2-3 years will be looking for arms when Halladay, Oswalt and Lee are all in their mid-30s and on the downside of their careers.

Better win all the titles you can Philly before 2013, because from that point on, you’ll be sleepwalking around with a dazed look on your face wondering who was driving the train that just about ran you over.

Pick a pitcher for the Braves. Any one of them might end up driving that train.
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scottbravesfan

March 7th, 2011
6:52 pm

I was hoping he would have pitched in yesterday’s game that way I could have seen him. But I’m glad he finally got into a game. Vizcaino was awesome yesterday and Delgado has been really good this spring as well. This trio is going to be something special. IF the Braves decide to move Vizcaino to the bullpen he could be an elite closer.

justin1

March 7th, 2011
6:58 pm

Who mishandled the dp?

Tyler

March 7th, 2011
7:15 pm

Really can’t describe the optimism i feel for this season and the future. That Rotation in 3 years is gonna be nasty.
1. Teheran
2.Hanson
3.Vizcaino
4.Delgado
5.Minor

Lineup of
1b.Freeman
2b Uggla
SS.Salcedo
3b. Prado
Lf-(Insert name)
Cf- Lipka
Rf- Heyward

The Nl East is going to be completely flip flopped with exception to Braves. Our main competition will be the Nats because they will be dirty by then too

Ghost of Gil Garrido

March 7th, 2011
7:17 pm

I know it’s only Spring training, but, man, it’s just FUN to be a Braves fan these days. I mean “fun” like in ‘92-’93 “fun.” As with those years, the Braves team that breaks camp three weeks from now will be a contender all year long (with a great mix of veterans and young players), plus we’ll have a storage closet full of diamond-studded kids on the horizon. Good times. Grateful thanks, scouts and front office.

reckingball

March 7th, 2011
7:42 pm

I predict that the Braves will not end up in last place, in the East.

DawginOH

March 7th, 2011
7:54 pm

Columbus

March 7th, 2011
8:08 pm

I like your enthusiasm, optimism and positive attitude Tyler! What about Jurrjens though? If he is healthy this year he should be an ace and he is very young…

Robin Of The Hood

March 7th, 2011
8:12 pm

All these young guns in the rotation plus Venters and Kimbrel in the pen…man this will be specail for years to come hopefully. I hope Jurrjens is around in a few years, he’s an extremly gifted and SMART pitcher! Plus we have young position players like Heyward and Freeman. Wow! We have a really good young catching propect in the Minors..I’d love to see him possibly converted to 3B of LF cause I here the kid can RAKE at the plate.

Robin Of The Hood

March 7th, 2011
8:12 pm

justin1

March 7th, 2011
8:24 pm

Tyler, (insert name) will be Uggla. No way he finishes his contract at 2B. If anything Salcedo will be the 3B if he lives up to his hype. Prado will finish out his career with the Braves at 2B.
C.McCann
1B. Freeman
2B. Prado
3B.Salcedo
SS.Pastornicky
LF. Uggla
CF. Schafer
RF.Heyward

In 3 years

predsjack fom Smashville

March 7th, 2011
8:31 pm

N8, I like how You Think!!! You got that right!

TeheranTime

March 7th, 2011
8:40 pm

Good to see Teheran make his spring debut. He’s really going to be the anchor of the future rotation. Oberholtzer will be a part of it too with Minor, Vizcaino and Delgado. That’s a good mix.

Greg Mendel

March 7th, 2011
8:40 pm

Things look good for the Braves, and every other team in baseball during spring training. Can they practice not swooning into the usual 16-game regular season losing streak? If they can avoid that, the Braves can compete. I hate to be a wet blanket, but I’ve seen this movie.

TeheranTime

March 7th, 2011
8:41 pm

Robin, hope our boy Kimbrel starts getting them out.

justin1

March 7th, 2011
8:43 pm

Hanson, Minor, Beachy, Teheran, Delgado, JJ, Huddy, Medlen, Vizcaino, Oberholtzer, Abreu.

Come on. Thats ridiculous. Halladay, Lee, Oswalt, Hamels who?

We shouldnt worry too much about offense either because were def. going to be trading a few of these guys at some point. Unless Fredi wants to go with the 11 man rotation.

TeheranTime

March 7th, 2011
8:43 pm

Mendel, I’m at the edge of the bridge! Did you see last season? Atlanta made the playoffs, have made positive additions and with the way McLouth is playing so far and with Prado moving to left, there really are no holes in the lineup. I’m not the eternal optimist but you have to take off those dark colored glasses. I’ve been a Braves fan since the days of Larvelle “Sugar Bear” Blanks but I’m not THAT negative!

Greg Mendel

March 7th, 2011
8:48 pm

TeherhanTime:

Actually, I’m an optimist too. But I get burned for being one. The “swoon” is what scares me about the Braves. It’s happened too often, and without any explanation or logic. I’m sincerely hoping the team gets past it.

MattyRoss

March 7th, 2011
9:09 pm

I don’t know if this is common knowledge, but who is principally responsible for signing and scouting these guys? I mean, there are obviously a lot of people, but who’s our main pitching guru in the Caribbean?

sheeesh

March 7th, 2011
9:11 pm

Ahh! The bliss of Spring and the hope of the future! It’s great to know the Braves have a bright future in the pitching department. That future my be sooner than any of us think when the bullpen is in disarray from the off-season losses incurred there. We will all be wailing about the bullpen. And the defense will not be too far behind on the list of what’s gone wrong.

Kentavo

March 7th, 2011
10:06 pm

I agree; the pen is the what scares me. Even a bigger question mark than Chipper’s knee.

Kentavo

March 7th, 2011
10:06 pm

pen is; not penis

sheeesh

March 7th, 2011
10:16 pm

Yes, the Braves will have “bullpen is” envy by mid-season.

ray k.

March 7th, 2011
10:36 pm

While there is reason for optimism, there certainly is reason for trepidation, too. Our defense is going to lose a half doezen games. That’s undeniable. Alex, Dan, and Chipper are going to make plenty of routine grounders very interesting.

Our bullpen is going to lose a couple dozen, too. Saito and Wagner were vital components to last year’s sucecess. In fact, Saito may have been the most underrated reliever in all of baseball last year. The guy was lights out 90% of the time. This group is greener. The newly acquired veterans aren’t very good. This is very worrisome.

Someone is going to have a major injury. It’s baseball. And while we look solid right now–although it remains to be seen whether Nate and Freeman can tee off on real pitching come April–when you erase a single name and replace it with a career minor leaguer or journeyman, you quickly realize the domino effect it has on the entire team.

And finally, Jair. Will he be anything like he was in 2009? If not, how long do we stay with him before handing the ball to a rookie? The Phillies rotation is too dominant from top to bottom for us to compete with a trio of dependable number two or number three type guys and couple question marks at the 4th and 5th spot.

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March 7th, 2011
10:50 pm

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sheeesh

March 7th, 2011
10:53 pm

ray k. is spot on with his first three paragraphs. I think I posted something comparable a few months back.

As for Jair, I think he will be close to 2009 form assuming he is healthy. I do believe 100% of his problems last year were related to his lack of physical well-being. Hopefully the 5th starter spot is the only one in the rotation that is questionable on opening day.

Offense is better. Starting pitching is better. The bench is weaker. Bullpen is much weaker. Defense is a little worse, but that is worse than it sounds because it was already terrible. I think that adds up to about 85-77. Good enough to finish 2nd and about 12 games behind the Phillies.

shmoe

March 8th, 2011
12:44 am

idk how you say the bullpen is much weaker.

wagner is 40 and saito pitched in 30 games.

shmoe

March 8th, 2011
12:48 am

offense is much much better. it will be like may and june 2010 kind of better. better than phils O.

starting pitching will be about the same as last year, all things considered.

bullpen is just fine, about the same, and 12x better and deeper than phils pen.

defense will be about the same. prado looks great in left, and freeman at first.

i say 93 wins and 1 game ahead of the phils for the division.

sheeesh

March 8th, 2011
1:59 am

It will be nearly impossible for one of the pitchers on this staff to provide the level of stability and consistency as a closer that Wagner delivered last year. The loss of Wagner alone would be enough to say the bullpen is not as good as last year. Saito’s experience and ability will not be replaced even for 30 games in 2011. Linebrink and Sherrill are experiments on the level of the Glaus experiment last year — more of a “hope and pray” approach than anything else. Moylan should provide about the same level of performance as last year. Venters will probably not be as good because more will be expected of him and he had an exceptional year last season. He could still have a very good year, but even so, It is hard to expect that he will be as good as last year, particularly if he has to adapt to the closer role. Kimbrel is the biggest question mark. It remains to be seen if he can be a consistent pitcher for a whole season in the big leagues.

That’s how I can say the bullpen is much weaker than last year.

SUMMER OF 91

March 8th, 2011
2:28 am

94-68 4 pitchers with 15 wins, big offense this year. if kimbo or venters can’t hold it down and the rest of the team is as good as it should be, wren will pull the trigger near the brake….jokim soria, heath bell, somebody.

Bamafan

March 8th, 2011
3:39 am

The young pitching sounds great but the offense is want needs to be fixed first. Winning 3-2
is fine but winning 8-2 like the Yankees back in the late 90’s is even better.

Brave New World

March 8th, 2011
4:47 am

Young guns now and in the future. Watch out Phils!

Brave New World

March 8th, 2011
5:09 am

Just read that the Phils payroll is $163 million for 2011. Gourging on expensive long term contracts for players like Lee will prohibit the Phils from making key future moves.

ramblingman

March 8th, 2011
8:01 am

ray k, the best illustration I can give you that your opinion is of the “glass is not only half empty, it’s almost empty” variety – sheeesh agrees with you.

You spend too much time talking about how the defense is going to cost us “some” games and the pen is going to cost “a couple dozen”, which I would dispute. However, let me just repeat one of the smartest things I have ever heard about baseball. It’s attributed to Lasorda.

The best team in baseball will lose one third of their games, or 54 games. The worst team will win one third of their games, or 54 games. It’s what happens in the other third that separates the best team from the worst team.

So, yeah, the defense will obviously lose some games. And the pen will obviously cost some games. Some. Saying that is no reach, because every team will lose some games for some reason or other.

That does not make the team worse than last year.

I continue to be amazed (not sure why though) that people still come here all the time with one goal – to bash the Braves. If you are not a fan, why waste your time on a Braves board? I guess you know why you do it. Maybe you have nothing better to do than to try to stir up things.

I’m glad to come here and support the team I have supported for years. I enjoy reading the reports. I enjoy skipping over most of the doom and gloom posts by trolls and Phillies fans.

Go Braves

ramblingman

March 8th, 2011
8:09 am

The same people who are crying that this year’s crop of relievers are too young and inexperienced and can never replace Wagner and Saito are the same people who were crying at this time last year that Wagner and Saito were too old and had nothing left and we would be better off getting younger guys.

The same people who are whining about a rookie playing 1st were whining 365 days ago about old vets playing 1st.

You see, we recognize that you are going to complain no matter what. Doesn’t matter if the team goes 161-1. You would moan and complain about the one game. We know that when Freddie goes 3-4, you’ll whine about the one out. We know that you’ll complain non-stop about Chipper and when he takes a day off, you’ll crow about how smart you are.

Guess what? We still love the Braves.

Go Braves

The Dude Abides

March 8th, 2011
8:50 am

God who in the hell is going to be in the rotation with all these amazing arms?

Next year we obviously have to trade Lowe, that leaves the rotation at:

Hudson
Hanson
JJ
Medlen
Teheran
Minor
Vizcaino
Delgado

8 Man rotation anyone? I kid but im glad its not like the 08 season when we had all those injuries to our rotation and not have a backup plan. Im confident if one of our arms goes down that the next guy that comes in will be as effective.

Hudson better keep up his great work or one of these guys might supplant him to the bullpen. But i think Huddy will be our ace till he retires.

Felix Millan

March 8th, 2011
9:10 am

You’re spot on, ramblingman.

ramblingman

March 8th, 2011
9:23 am

I really like what Tampa has done with their excess of great young pitching. Once a pitcher gets too expensive, they trade him off for even more great young talent and let the next youngster move up.

Look at who they have traded in the last 27 months – Matt Garza, Edwin Jackson, Scott Kazmir, Jason Hammel, and Mitch Talbot. That’s a decent rotation for a whole lot of clubs.

Then look at who moved up to take their places – David Price, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis, Jeremy Hellickson. There are others on the farm waiting for their turn, which will come when James Shields is traded, probably by next off-season at the latest.

I could see the Braves going the same route with some of their talent. When someone’s ready to move up, I could see letting JJ or Hanson go for some good young positional talent. It’s exciting just to think of the possibilities.

bvillebaron

March 8th, 2011
9:26 am

Ray K and the other nabobs of negativity:

You claim that the Phillies’ rotation is better than the Braves top to bottom? Despite all the PR coming out of Philadelphia because they want to trade him, Joe Blanton is a mediocre pitcher at best. I think either Minor or Beachy can match or exceed his numbers. I recently checked the lifetime ERAs of the Phillies top 4 and the Braves top 4 and they matched up remarkably well (I realize that Hanson and Jurrjens represent a much smaller and less projectable sample). I may be looking through rose colored glasses, but I consider Hudson to be a #1 and Hanson is not far behind. Simply getting a full season out of Jurrjens makes the rotation better this year. The Phils also don’t have any prospect down on the farm who could come up and potentially boost the rotation in case of injury like Teheran, Viscaino and possibly Delgado could for Atlanta.

The concern about the closer situation is legitimate largely because many fans underappreciated how good Wagner was last year. However, if either Kimbrel and/or Venters get the job done, the remainder of the Braves’ pen is deeper and better than the Phils (Lidge is also a wild card).

The Braves offense is clearly much better: (1) since McLouth isn’t going to hit .190 again this year, (2) Heyward will be here a full year, (3) Freeman can’t be worse than the revolving door at 1B last year (and could be better) and (4) Uggla provides the sorely needed RH power bat. The Phils offense by contrast while still potent has trended downward the past 3 seasons and all of their every day players except one is on the wrong side of age 30.

I actually think the defense will be slightly better this year. Frankly, Uggla is no worse defensively than Infante was WHEN INFANTE PLAYED 2B and Freeman will improve the 1B defense thus erasing some errors from the other fielders (I realize that Lee is an excellent defender too but he was only with the team for 2 months).

Recall also that the Braves had the best rotation is baseball for a decade and won one World Series. Consequently, this fan is looking forward to actually playing the season unlike many other experts who would simply cancel the season and award the NL East to the Phils.

bvillebaron

March 8th, 2011
9:28 am

P.S. Re my earlier post, I meant Heyward now has a full season in the bigs under his belt.

Fred

March 8th, 2011
10:19 am

I remember going to the paper, yes the actual paper, and pulling up the minor league stats on Sunday’s to see what Klesko, Lopez, Keith Mitchell and Tony Tarasco (they don’t all pan out) were doing. It’s like that again. Exciting time to be a Braves fan.

Brave New World

March 8th, 2011
10:25 am

Could it be that the Braves have the greatest 9 man rotation in the history of baseball?

ramblingman

March 8th, 2011
10:29 am

Ahh, minor league stats on Sunday. Remember how we starved for info? I used to have to wait until we got the paper to find out who won the MLB games and read the boxscores to see how everyone did. Then on Sunday they would list the complete leaderboard for stats and you could follow avg, HR’s, RBI’s, wins, ERA and strikeouts.

Brave New World

March 8th, 2011
10:45 am

ramblingman March 8th, 2011 8:09 am

Could not agree with you more ramblingman. No true Braves fan whines for the sake of complaining.

JohnNDaytona

March 8th, 2011
11:38 am

I was a Little Leaguer when the Braves moved to Atlanta and always get excited this time of year too. What’s amazing to me is how technology has progressed since those days. Seems like almost everyone has a crystal ball now. K-Mart have them on a blue light special recently or something?

sheeesh

March 8th, 2011
1:55 pm

For what it’s worth, I love watching the Braves games. I’ve been a Braves fan since 1979. I’m not whining about anything, just pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of this team compared to last year. I don’t see how that is bashing, but, hey, if it makes you feel better about yourself, more power to you. Not all fans continuously sing the praises of their team and turn a blind eye to perceived weaknesses. Some of us are capable of being more circumspect. I guess there are others who are just happier wearing blinders.

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