Friday, February 14, 2014
Teheran stellar with room to grow
By ESPN Stats & Information
The Atlanta Braves signed one of their promising young arms, Julio Teheran, to a six-year contract worth a reported $32.4 million on Friday.
Julio Teheran dominated some hitters in 2013, but struggled with others.
Teheran is one of the game’s promising young stars and is the latest pitcher with one to two years of service time to be locked into a long-term deal (other recent ones of note include San Francsico Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner).
What Teheran does best
What makes Teheran a pitcher to watch?
His strikeout to walk ratio of 3.78 to 1 last season ranked as the ninth-best season among those who qualified for the ERA title at age 22 or younger in baseball’s live ball era (since 1920).
Teheran’s high-end performance was the product of his ability to get a lot of swings and misses on pitches in the strike zone. His 21 percent miss rate on those pitches was the third-highest of any starter in baseball last season, trailing only Max Scherzer and Tu Darvish.
Teheran ranked as one of the game’s most effective starters against right-handed pitching, holding them to the eighth-lowest batting average in the majors (.204).
One of the reasons for that was that his slider got better as the season went on. The pitch retired 44 right-handed hitters, but yielded 15 hits and walks prior to the All_Star Break. After the break, Teheran’s miss rate with the pitch increased from 31 percent to 40 percent and his outs-to-baserunners ratio jumped to 33 to 3.
Room for improvement
The top thing to watch for Teheran next season is his performance against left-handed hitting. Opponents had an .823 OPS against Teheran last season, which ranked sixth-highest in the majors. Teheran’s slider got outs against left-handed hitters, but the hits against it were crushing.
Lefties had nine hits against the pitch- three doubles and six home runs.