Braves call up Teheran to start Saturday

May, 6, 2011
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The Atlanta Braves announced today right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran will be called up to start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday, in place of Jair Jurrjens. One of the top pitching prospects in the minors, the 20-year-old Teheran has a free and easy delivery. His fastball is dominant in the 93-96 mph range with an above-average changeup and a developing curveball. He has slightly long arm action. When the breaking ball becomes more consistent and his command improves, Teheran will be come a top-of-the-rotation starter.

Teheran has been especially impressive at Triple-A Gwinnett, starting 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in five starts with 25 strikeouts and eight walks in 30 innings. I exchanged texts with Braves VP and GM Frank Wren today and this is what he said: "He has developed very quickly. He hasn’t been intimidated at any level. Throwing very well and we thought he would be best suited for a spot start at this time."

A spot start against the division-rival Phillies in Philadelphia while trailing the Phillies by 4.5 games. That shows you the confidence Wren and the Braves have in this young phenom. Teheran’s fastball will be flaming in Philly ... best wishes in his MLB debut!

The guys over at the Capitol Avenue Club are excited for the debut as well.

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Jim Bowden

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