by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Sporting a 2.85 ERA in his last four starts, Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran could become useful for the 34 percent of leagues he isn’t owned in.
Our Scott White pointed out on Wednesday’s broadcast of Fantasy Baseball Today that while Teheran isn’t exactly racking up the Ks, he has only allowed one walk in those last four starts. Al Melchior said he might pick him up in a two-start week, but added that there isn’t much distinguishing Teheran from other options at SP.
Julio Teheran suffers first loss
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran turned in a solid performance but was outdueled by opposing starter Patrick Corbin in Tuesday's 2-0 defeat to the Diamondbacks.
Teheran, who made his seventh start of the season, surrendered a two-run single to Didi Gregorius in the third inning for his only damage of the night. The right-hander was charged with two runs and seven hits over six innings of work. He struck out three and did not issue a walk as he suffered his first loss of the season.
Teheran (2-1) has allowed five runs over his last 13 innings. He has struck out six over that span. The 22-year-old is scheduled to make his next start Monday at home against the Twins.
Julio Teheran wins second start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran got off to a poor start Thursday against the Giants, but turned things around for one of his finest starts of the year.
He allowed three runs in the first three innings, blowing an early lead and looking well on his way to another poor outing. He shut the Giants down from then on, allowing just two hits while facing one batter over the minimum over his final four innings of work.
Teheran allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks, while striking out three batters. He lowered his ERA to 4.84 and improved his record to 2-0. He is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday against the Diamondbacks in Arizona.
Braves skip Julio Teheran after rainout
by | (5/4/2013) The Braves' home game against the Mets scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to rain and a makeup date was not announced. Atlanta said it would skip the turn of pitcher Julio Teheran, who was scheduled to start Saturday, and keep the rotation intact with Tim Hudson maintaining his spot for the series finale Sunday.
Teheran's next start is projected for Thursday at San Francisco. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three starts on the road this season.
Julio Teheran limits Nats to lower ERA
by | (4/29/2013) Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was able to limit most of his damage in Monday's series opener against the Nationals. He allowed two runs on 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings.
The 22-year-old gave up all of his damage in the second when, after putting the first two men on, he surrendered back-to-back run-scoring hits. He threw 58 of his 91 pitches for strikes and was pulled after putting two on in the sixth. Teheran left with the game tied at 2-2 and did not factor into the decision.
The right-hander also struck out five and walked one while lowering his ERA to 5.08.
Teheran is scheduled to pitch next on Saturday against the Mets. He is 1-0 with a 5.63 ERA in two appearances (one start) in his career against New York.
Julio Teheran aims for second straight win
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran returns to the mound Monday against the Nationals after picking up his first win of the season in his last start against the Rockies.
"I'll tell you one thing he did really, really well was every time we scored a run, he got a shutdown inning and got us back into the dugout so we could keep swinging the bats. That's nice to see," manager Fredi Gonzalez said after Teheran's win, per MLB.com.
Teheran also relied on throwing his fastball against the Rockies. According to FanGraphs.com, Teheran's fastball accounted for 72.2 percent of his pitches thrown in Tuesday's win, which was up from 67.2 percent in his first three starts. Teheran has also been less reliant on his curveball in his last two starts. Teheran has thrown it 5.2 percent of the time in his last two starts, which was a decrease from 8.2 in his first two starts.
Also, Teheran has been better at stranding runners in his last two starts. Teheran had a 65.2 percent strand rate in his first two starts, as opposed to a 87.3 percent strand rate in his last two outings.
Julio Teheran gets back on track
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran enjoyed his best outing of the season as he earned the win in the nightcap of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Braves.
Teheran (1-0), who made his fourth start of the season, surrendered a run-scoring single to Michael Cuddyer in the third inning. Teheran got out of the jam and cruised the rest of the way. The right-hander yielded one run and eight hits in seven innings of work in a 10-2 victory. He struck out three and did not issue a walk on 90 pitches, 70 for strikes. It was the first time he allowed less than four runs in a start.
Teheran has a 5.48 ERA and a 1.57 WHIP through his first four starts. He is scheduled to pitch Monday at home against the Nationals. He surrendered four runs in six innings of work in his last meeting against Washington on April 12.
Braves exercising patience with young Julio Teheran
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) The Braves have plenty of experience with young pitchers and their growing pains, so they aren't panicking about Julio Teheran's poor start.
"I think it's a process," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com Friday. "The Braves have always been in a position to keep running them out there."
Teheran's ERA is 7.31, but the Braves have worked through growing pains with successful pitchers like Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor.
"We've got to be patient with him," Gonzalez said. "Yesterday we could have easily got him out of that situation and put somebody else in there. But we didn't. We let him get out of it."
Gonzalez knows what Teheran can do based on his minor-league production, as well as the 1.04 ERA in six spring starts that earned him his place in his rotation. According to MLB.com, Teheran has struggled to command his fastball and has not had confidence in his offspeed pitches. Teheran's fastball velocity averages 91.0, down from 92.1 last season, according to PitchFx data. He has thrown just 54.6 percent of his fastballs for strikes.
"Everybody, including myself, saw the spring training success," Gonzalez said. "But it's not spring training any more. The lights are on and he's facing major-league hitters. It's a process of going through this stuff."
Julio Teheran struggling but winning
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/18/2013) Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran struggled yet again Thursday against the Pirates, as he continues to have trouble adjusting to the major leagues.
Teheran allowed four runs in five innings of work, with half of the damage coming on a pair of solo home runs in the second and fourth innings. He struck out four batters and walked three, while surrendering seven hits. Despite Teheran's third subpar outing in a row, the Braves won yet again, 6-4. They have yet to lose in Teheran's three starts.
Teheran has a 7.31 ERA, with 13 runs allowed in 16 innings of work. He has allowed 21 hits on a .309 opponent batting average, with seven walks and 12 strikeouts. Five of those hits have left the park for home runs.
The 22-year-old's next scheduled start is set to come Tuesday in Colorado. The Rockies are averaging eight runs per game at home with a 6-0 record.
Julio Teheran 'stepped up' in latest start
by | (4/13/2013) After allowing four runs in the first two innings Friday against Washington, Braves pitcher Julio Teheran refused to be deterred and took another step in his development. The 22-year-old quickly adjusted and permitted just two baserunners -- on walks -- during the final four innings of his second start of the season.
"That's the first thing I said when I got in [the clubhouse]," Atlanta catcher Gerald Laird, who has been on the other end for both of the right-hander's outings, told MLB.com. "I told [Teheran] that was a big game for you to pitch tonight, and build off. ... With young guys, that can be a lopsided game real quick and kill our bullpen. But the kid stepped up."
Julio Teheran settles down after poor start
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/12/2013) Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran looked to be well on his way to the first loss of his season Friday against the Nationals, but he settled down and pitched well enough to keep his team in the game.
Teheran allowed two runs in each of the first two innings, including a one-out home run by Bryce Harper in the first inning. He allowed four runs on six hits in two innings, but settled down enough to continue pitching through the sixth inning. Teheran allowed just two baserunners over the final four innings of the game, on a pair of walks in the fifth inning.
He finished with just the four early runs allowed in six innings, and the Braves offense came alive late in a 6-4, 10-inning win. He struck out six batters and walked three, while throwing 66 of his 97 pitches for strikes.
Teheran has an ugly 7.36 ERA in 11 innings of work through his first two starts, but has a pair of no-decisions thanks to six runs of support in each outing. He will make his next start Thursday against the Pirates. The Pirates are averaging just 2.7 runs per game this season. He has faced them just once in his short career, tossing a pair of scoreless innings last season.
Julio Teheran still learning on the job
by | (4/7/2013) Braves pitcher Julio Teheran will probably be one of the first players to attest that spring training stats are largely irrelevant. After posting a 1.04 ERA over six Grapefruit League starts, Teheran flopped in his regular-season debut Saturday against the Cubs and was charged with five runs in five innings.
Two of the eights hits he surrendered were homers as the hard-throwing righty struggled to carry over his refined arsenal of pitches from the spring, which includes improved breaking balls.
"He had a really good spring, but that's still his first outing under the lights," Braves catcher Gerald Laird told MLB.com. "He wants to make a good impression. Sometimes, you can try to do too much. But for the most part, I thought he threw the ball fine. I thought he just made some mistakes. He left some pitches up and those are the balls they hit hard."
Julio Teheran gives up five runs in debut
by | (4/6/2013) After posting an impressive 1.04 ERA in his six starts during spring training, Braves pitcher Julio Teheran did not have the best season debut on Saturday against the Cubs. He allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings of work.
The right-hander gave up a run in the first before making it through the next two frames scoreless. He surrendered a solo homer to Luis Valbuena in the fourth and Chicago tagged him with a three-spot in the fifth.
Teheran was done after throwing 88 pitches, 61 for strikes, and left in line for the loss but luckily for him, his teammates were able to battle back for a 6-5 win.
Teheran also struck out two and walked one in the no-decision.
Now is the time to lock up Julio Teheran
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/28/2013) So Al Melchior has come around enough onthe Braves' Julio Teheran to say he's worth watching early in the season to see if he's worth pursuing. But you'll be too late, Al!
I understand the incentive to wait and see if spring performances carry into the regular season, but enough people buy into them that those who don't -- and I'd consider myself part of that latter group -- are forced to rush to judgment on players like Teheran just to have a chance at them.
I'm not saying you should be reckless about it, but between the improved mechanics after last year's debacle, the upgraded arsenal and the top-prospect pedigree, Teheran gives you plenty of reasons to believe. He's my favorite late-round starting pitcher and, with Adam Eaton down, my NL Rookie of the Year pick.
Julio Teheran getting tougher to ignore
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (3/27/2013)Julio Teheran has wowed Fantasy owners as he has earned the Braves' fifth starter job with a dominant spring. His strikeout and walk rates from his two seasons in Triple-A have been nondescript, and a surging flyball rate in 2012 was particularly concerning, so I've been skeptical of his Grapefruit League success so far.
However, it's hard not to be impressed by Teheran's 35 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has also allowed only two home runs, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Teheran has started relying on a sinker. He's improved his ground-out-to-air-out ratio, but then again, we are looking at a small sample of innings. Teheran also has walked nine batters, so his control hasn't quite been impeccable.
So while I'm averse to drawing conclusions from spring training stats, some of Teheran's numbers are at the very least intriguing. If, like me, you are still a skeptic, you should at least keep a close watch on his early season stats to see if he is worth pursuing.
Julio Teheran springing forward
by | (3/23/2013) Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran continued his torrid spring run, firing six hitless innings during Atlanta's 3-2 win over Houston in a Grapefruit League contest Saturday. Teheran, who has secured the fifth spot in the team's rotation, struck out 10 batters and walked three while lowering his 1.04 ERA over six starts. The right-hander also hurled five hitless innings against the Cardinals on March 12.
Teheran, 22, was hailed as the fifth-best overall prospect by Baseball America last spring before faltering with his command. This spring, he has redefined his arsenal and leads the majors with 35 strikeouts over 26 innings while holding opponents to a lowly .082 batting average.
"He's showing four quality major-league pitches," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "A couple years ago, it was one, and not even one, because he couldn't control it."
Julio Teheran wins fifth starter spot with Braves
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013)Julio Teheran will be the Braves' fifth starter to open the season, manager Fredi Gonzalez announced.
The 22-year-old came into camp fighting for a job at the back-end of the rotation, but performed well enough to earn the spot this spring.
Teheran has long been considered a top pitching prospect, and will now have a chance to show what he can do at the major-league level.
Teheran struggled in Triple-A last season, posting a 5.08 ERA in 131 innings.
Julio Teheran closing in on rotation spot
by | (3/17/2013) Atlanta starting pitcher Julio Teheran surrendered one run and three hits over six sharp innings during the Braves' 2-1 win over the Mets on Sunday in Grapefruit League action. Bidding to secure the fifth spot in the Braves' rotation, Teheran allowed only a leadoff homer to Jordany Valdespin and lowered his ERA this spring to 1.35. He fanned seven batters and walked two during his fifth start.
"He settled down and did a nice job," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com about Teheran. "He's going to have those situations during the course of the season, but he's going to have to learn from that. He's been really impressive the way he's been handling himself."
Julio Teheran more appealing than Jacob Turner
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/15/2013) Someone asked me on Twitter if I'd prefer to draft Jacob Turner or Julio Teheran. Boy, have those guys gone in opposite directions since the end of last season.
Turner's impressive September for the Marlins seemed to suggest he was ready for a full-time gig. Teheran's disastrous season at Triple-A seemed to suggest he was on the outs as a prospect. But Turner's spring performance -- and some cryptic comments by manager Mike Redmond -- suggest he's on the outs, at least for now. It's not like a return trip to the minors could hurt. He's only 21. Meanwhile, Teheran's remade delivery has him pitching lights out this spring.
For me, it's not even a contest.
Heyman: Julio Teheran is Braves' fifth starter
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/14/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Braves prospect Julio Teheran will open the season as the team's fifth starter. Teheran is 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA and 0.57 WHIP through four spring starts. He also has struck out 18 batters and walked just four in 14 innings. MLB.com ranks Teheran as the 31st-best prospect in baseball, while Baseball America has him as No. 44.
Teheran getting even better
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/12/2013) Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran continued to figure it out on Tuesday in a Grapefruit League start against the Cardinals. The young Atlanta starter earned a win as he managed to go five scoreless innings, his deepest outing of the spring. He didn't give up a hit over his time on the bump and walked two batters for the only base runners against him. Teheran managed six strikeouts and his ERA on the spring is now at 1.29. "Julio has got some weapons," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The more he goes out there, the more he is impressing me with his changeup and two-seamer that comes back on the lefties." The 22-year-old has given up just two earned runs and four hits over 14 innings with 18 strikeouts.
Teheran stays sharp
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/7/2013) Braves pitcher Julio Teheran turned in another solid outing but picked up his first Grapefruit League loss Thursday night against the Tigers. Teheran cruised through the first three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. He allowed an RBI single to Prince Field for his lone damage in that inning. Teheran gave up one run on three hits over four innings of work in a 9-2 defeat. He also struck out five and walked one.
Teheran Ks five vs. Nats
(3/1/2013) After a solid showing in his spring debut, Braves pitcher Julio Teheran was impressive once again in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals. He allowed one run on one hit over three innings of work. The right-hander surrendered a solo homer to Bryce Harper in the first for his lone damage. Teheran also struck out five with no walks. "This is the third outing I've seen him, going back to his last outing in the Dominican," manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com. "His command was excellent there, and it has carried over. I've seen a better sinker the last two times out than I did in the Dominican."
Teheran sharp to start spring training
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/24/2013) Atlanta starter Julio Teheran got off to a nice start in spring training on Sunday in his start against Pittsburgh. Teheran pitched two scoreless innings and threw six first-pitch strikes to the seven batters he faced. He threw 35 pitches and 24 went for strikes as he really commanded the inside part of the plate, reports MLB.com. Teheran also seemed confident to throw his curveball to both sides of the plate. He walked one over two otherwise perfect innings with two Ks.
Teheran to compete for No. 5 spot
(2/11/2013) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez told MLB.com that while Juilo Teheran appears to be the favorite to win the final spot in the rotation, the right-hander will have to beat out Sean Gilmartin for the job this spring. Teheran has a career 5.19 ERA in seven appearances (four starts) in the majors. "Especially with young kids, I'm not big on anointing them by saying 'You're the guy and here it is,'" Gonzalez said Monday. "With a young kid, I think you still need to show them there is a carrot out there and you've still got to compete. The other guys read newspapers, too. Gilmartin, give him a good chance to compete."
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (1/6/2013) According to 680 The Fan, Braves general manager Frank Wren thinks that Julio Teheran has the upper hand on the fifth starter's job going into spring training. Teheran has been pitching in the Dominican Winter League this offseason, where he went 2-1 with a 3.23 ERA in seven starts.