Fredi sends Huddy to the mound to face his former Fish
Welcome back as Tim Hudson resumes his tour of Florida. After making his debut on the Gulf Coast last week, Hudson has positioned himself just a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean to start against the Marlins this afternoon.
Of course, Hudson is essentially just a part of today’s undercard. There’s a lot more attention being placed on Fredi Gonzalez, who will be matching up against the Marlins for the first time since the club fired him in June.
But with Gonzalez saying he has no hard feelings toward the Marlins, today’s most interesting angle might center around the exhibition season debut of Julio Teheran, the highly-touted 20-year-old right-hander who ranks as MLB.com’s 10th-best overall prospect.
Braves bullpen coach Eddie Perez is among the many who have been amazed at the command that Teheran is showing at such a young age.
As mentioned a couple weeks ago, Perez says Teheran and left-hander Brett Oberholtzer are the two pitchers that have impressed him the most in camp.
It’s no surprise that he would pick these two hurlers, known for their pinpoint control. The man will always be able to say that he sat behind the plate more than any other catcher when Greg Maddux was standing on the mound.
Arodys Vizcaino, who tossed a scoreless ninth in yesterday’s win over the Nationals, has also made a good impression during the early portion of this Grapefruit League season.
Entering camp, it seemed Diory Hernandez was a lock to begin the season as one of the utility infielders. But Ed Lucas has at least kept things interesting while recording six hits (all singles) in his first 13 at-bats. Hernandez has been equally impressive, with five hits, including two doubles and a triple, in his first 11 at-bats. <p>
Lucas is at second base and Hernandez at short for this afternoon’s game. This battle might come down to who proves more valuable from a defensive standpoint, especially at the shortstop position.
Check braves.com later to read about Teheran’s outing and Fredi’s thoughts about managing against the Marlins. Former Brave and current Marlin Wes Helms said he felt getting fired last summer was the “best thing that could have happened” to Gonzalez.