Braves’ message to Teheran: job well done

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.

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Weaseal

May 8th, 2011
7:01 pm

Go Braves- First ?

Weaseal

May 8th, 2011
7:04 pm

Nice to see all the good pitching we got lots of good years ahead and lot of great coaching from us fans…

Millbrook

May 8th, 2011
7:07 pm

We need to get rid Linebrink and Sherrill already. Gah!

kinda lazy

May 8th, 2011
7:35 pm

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count_schemula

May 8th, 2011
7:38 pm

Nice idea to give the kid a taste. He kind of has that Pedro thing going on. Slender wiry dude with nice heat and good movement. Even though I was done saying the “ut in ut oes” before Howard grooved on that one pitch he did seem to have a nice business like attack mode to his game. We are rich with pitching. Would not be surprised to see Minor packaged up, especially as Beachy continues to look like the real thing.

Rocket Surgeon

May 8th, 2011
8:02 pm

Braves need to get rid of every player that happens to be off to a slow start. Players should all be evaluated strictly on what they do the first six weeks–nevermind what they’ve done in the past or what they can reasonably be expected to do going forward. All that matters is whether or not they get off to fast starts over the first six weeks.

bruce

May 8th, 2011
9:55 pm

a few liners fall in for hits or the wind difference early and Julio wins the game and the first impression by fans is completely different

HAL

May 8th, 2011
11:17 pm

losse limbed easy gas might nned work on a slider or a cutter to keep em off the heat

wjones

May 9th, 2011
12:12 am

“Millbrook

May 8th, 2011
7:07 pm
We need to get rid Linebrink and Sherrill already. Gah!”

Did I miss something? I could have sworn that neither gave up runs last night. You do understand that they both are going to have to be paid their contracts whether they pitch or not, right? I’m sure the Braves will give them as much of an opportunity to pitch as possible, unless they become so ineffective that the money won’t be a consideration. It hasn’t come even close to that yet. Look across mlb rosters, and take a look at other team’s bullpens. Then get back to me.

[...] Gonzalez wants to be sure that Julio Teheran knows it was a job well done on Saturday night. It won’t be long before Teheran comes back to the majors for good. [...]

Smiling Jack

May 9th, 2011
5:22 am

“All that matters is whether or not they get off to fast starts the first six weeks.” How dumb!
Best stick to your tinker toy rockets and leave baseball evaluating and player personel decisions to professionals. Braves are doing just fine thank you! Go Braves! Another great win last night.

wjones

May 9th, 2011
5:47 am

“Smiling Jack

May 9th, 2011
5:22 am
“All that matters is whether or not they get off to fast starts the first six weeks.” How dumb!
Best stick to your tinker toy rockets and leave baseball evaluating and player personel decisions to professionals. Braves are doing just fine thank you! Go Braves! Another great win last night.”

Jack, I think our poster was making fun at all the “doom and gloom” posters. It was a little hard to tell tone in the post, but that’s how I interpreted it. I certainly hope we don’t have a poster that dumb, but maybe I give people too much credit.

Joshua

May 9th, 2011
8:16 am

We need to get rid Linebrink and Sherrill already. Gah!

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Not really. It’s clear what their roles are and they are both veterans who are well suited to those roles. We don’t put them in with a lead three runs or less. When we are way ahead or behind against some tough pitching, its nice to have some veterans who can eat innings for us. And that is all they are for.

Joshua

May 9th, 2011
8:19 am

Three runs against the Phillies in his first start probably isn’t what he hoped for, but it certainly isn’t anything to hang his head about either. The guy clearly is a force to be reckoned with. He’s 20. Once he more fully develops his breaking stuff he will be a stud in the majors. I see him in the permanent rotation by next season.

bvillebaron

May 9th, 2011
8:39 am

Just my two cents, but I think Teheran did great. I think nerves are why he fell behind hitters, especially early in the game. This may also explain why he didn’t seem to have the velocity early (based upon reports of his normal speed on his fastball). However, after Howard hit the homer, it looked to me like he relaxed and started getting ahead with fastballs in the 93 mph range. Bottom line: the kid is barely 20, pitched with poise in his MLB debut in one of the toughest venues and gave the team a chance to win (it drives me crazy how the Braves manage to make Kendrick look like Bob Feller every time they face him).

Disbott 3000

May 9th, 2011
8:54 am

Hey, the movie “The Scout” is fiction, ok? I don’t think most people thought he was going to strike out 27 batters in his first big league game, but if they did they were delusional. He did a fine job for the first time up and I look forward to seeing him in our rotation for many years down the road. Great series, Braves! Keep up the good work!

Capt. Obvious

May 9th, 2011
9:19 am

Thank you Joshua.

Capt. Obvious

May 9th, 2011
9:23 am

Its also nice to have veterans in the bullpen mentoring the youngsters.

ramblingman

May 9th, 2011
9:41 am

Anyone not pleased with JT’s first game is just not being realistic.

Let’s look at stats from 3 debuts

3.2 inn, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB’s, 1 K, 14.73 ERA, loss
5 inn, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, no decision
4.1 Inn, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 HR, no decision

Those belong to Tom Glavine, Roy Hallady and Tim Lincecum. Ask yourself if you would have been complaining about those lines after those games.

Joshua

May 9th, 2011
9:59 am

I’m really not sure why people continue to dog George Sherrill. The guy has a good era (2.45) and a good WHIP (1.09).

Exactly what is the problem there?? It’s a little baffling.

Matt

May 9th, 2011
11:53 am

Who did he start for? Nobody is hurt. I have to question putting him in there against the NL leading Phillies. Not exactly setting the kid up for success. Why not wait till you play a lesser team? I know it’s the big leagues but pitching against the Pirates (just an example) is nothing like pitching against the Phillies.

Matt

May 9th, 2011
11:54 am

It seems he did fine though. Why take him out after 4 2/3 of 3 run ball?? Didn’t see the game so I’m obviously confused.

Woodbrave

May 9th, 2011
12:33 pm

Matt, the rainout last week and subsequent doubleheader would have Huddie or Jurjens pitching on a short rest…it was also Teheran’s day to pitch in Gwinnett so it made sense for him to get the start. And he had runners on 1st and 3rd when pulled in the 5th…Freddie probably wanted to keep his confidence up and the Braves in the game, thus the hook.

Joshua

May 9th, 2011
12:45 pm

Matt,

You shouldn’t question anything when it is abundantly obvious that you aren’t following the Braves all that closely.

German Shepherd Dawg

May 9th, 2011
1:06 pm

I predict it is Beachy who gets dealt when Medlen is ready. Minor is left handed and a first round pick. It would take a big package to get him. He’s only two years in the minors; lots of options left.

German Shepherd Dawg

May 9th, 2011
1:08 pm

Matt,

Two words — pitch count.

Joshua

May 9th, 2011
1:30 pm

LOL @ Beachy getting traded. You don’t really think that do you?

swhite1115

May 9th, 2011
1:32 pm

What I like is a commenter who thinks he can outmanage an honest-to-goodness baseball manager but can’t tell sarcasm when it thrown right up in his face. Good thing management doesn’t really listen to people on these blogs!

Joshua

May 9th, 2011
2:01 pm

swhite, you may not be aware, but sarcasm is generally perceived in non-verbal cues such as tone and body language. Thus, anyone who posts a sarcastic remark generally needs to indicate such in the remark, else the sarcasm likely will not be communicated at all.

AZBravoFan

May 9th, 2011
2:46 pm

Beachy is going nowhere, other than maybe right into the Rookie of the Year discussion.

barrowdawg

May 9th, 2011
3:01 pm

I’ve always said we need a sarcasm font

Del

May 9th, 2011
3:21 pm

I think the usual assumption has been that Haywood will eventually fill the 3 hole slot after Chipper retires.
IMHO that spot will be filled by our new first baseman who is completely outplaying Mr Haywood with his glove and his bat. The deeper into the schedule we go the better FF looks.
Believe we can quit worrying about the first base job.
And everyone said AMEN. Just my opinion of course.

ramblingman

May 10th, 2011
9:05 am

I’m trying to figure out who this new player is named Haywood

/sarc

Chuck M.

May 10th, 2011
10:10 am

WJones, well said!

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