Often compared to the great Pedro Martinez, Julio Teheran will make his first career start against a hot Philadelphia Phillies team on Saturday night. Fresh off every Atlanta Braves Twitter account is the excitement to see the #5-ranked prospect in baseball and the #1-ranked Braves prospect.
How ready is he, you ask?
He just grabbed Pitcher-of-the-Week honors in triple-A and has a stunning 1.80 ERA in 30 innings that has led to a 3-0 record in five games. His 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings display his power potential, and he’s only 20-years old.
Yes, 20-years old.
The Braves are loaded with talent in the minor leagues. Bringing young faces Jason Heyward (21) and Freddie Freeman (21) up to the majors early has indicated a lack of talent in the majors or these guys are just too good. They make Craig Kimbrel (23) feel old.
A young team full of stars and Teheran is the star of the pitching corps. I’m sure others are speculating on whether or not he is auditioning for a position. With his stats, so far, and the spring he had, I highly doubt that. The Braves need to catch ground and they aren’t afraid to use their young guns.