Teheran to debut Saturday
Instead of having either Tim Hudson or Tommy Hanson pitch on short rest, the Braves will allow top pitching prospect Julio Teheran to make his Major League debut Saturday night against the Phillies.
The decision to promote Teheran had nothing to do with the health of Jair Jurrjens, who will now start Sunday, instead of Saturday. The Braves are simply doing this because they didn’t feel comfortable bringing either Hudson or Hanson back on short rest for Sunday’s series finale.
“I’m excited,” Braves All-Star catcher Brian McCann said. “Any time you get to see your top prospect, someone you have been reading about for three years, you’re going to be looking forward to it and feeling some excitement.”
While Teheran will likely return to the Minors after making this spot start, his presence will generate a lot of excitement around the baseball world. MLB.com ranks the 20-year-old hurler as the game’s second-best right-handed prospect and the 10th-best overall prospect.
“He’s one of the top pitchers in the Minor Leagues and everybody raves about his stuff,” Braves centerfielder Nate McLouth said. “It will be exciting.”
Teheran has gone 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his five starts for Triple-A Gwinnett this year. He has recorded 25 strikeouts, issued eight walks and limited opponents to a .118 batting average.
“Give the kid a chance,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “He’s been pitching good.” <p>