PHILADELPHIA – Just in case the message got lost in the excitement of Julio Teheran’s major league debut Saturday night, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez put in a call to Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage Sunday to reiterate it.
“I said ‘Tell (Teheran) that he really did good, that he was impressive and we liked the way he handled himself,’” Gonzalez said Sunday afternoon. “We told him that last night, but we wanted to make sure we told him again.”
Teheran didn’t have the dominant debut some fans might have hoped to see – he allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings in a 3-0 loss to the Phillies – but the Braves liked what they saw from the 20 year-old and the youngest Braves starter to debut for them since Steve Avery 21 years ago.
“Everybody wants a 10-strikeout performance and a win, but if you look at the overall picture I think it’s good,” Gonzalez said. “Good for him, good for the organization.”
If there was something the Braves want Teheran to think about when he returns to Triple-A, Gonzalez said it might be first-pitch strikes, though he realizes some of Teheran’s early misses might have had to do with nerves.
Gonzalez said Phillies hitters stayed patient against Teheran, which worked to their advantage, as they got pitches to their liking later in at-bats.
“That’s the difference between major league hitters and Triple-A hitters,” Gonzalez said. “They’re not afraid to go two strikes and work the count and watch and look.”
Gonzalez said acting pitching coach Dave Wallace, who is also the Braves minor league pitching coordinator, was immediately on the phone with Gwinnett pitching coach Marty Reed passing along his impressions and suggestions, not that there were many.
“Lot of pluses,” Gonzalez said of Teheran.