It is no secret that the Atlanta Braves’ rotation suffered some serious setbacks before the 2014 fantasy baseball season even started. The Braves lost starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy for the year following Tommy John surgery and the rotation suddenly looks completely different.
Luckily, the team still has young fireballer Julio Teheran leading their rotation. He threw 185.2 innings last season and recorded a manageable 3.20 ERA. He was the top prospect for years and the youngster has not disappointed since stepping into the rotation full-time.
In his first start of the new season, Teheran pitched six innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. He allowed two earned runs on seven hits and one walk, but the righty ended up taking the 2-0 loss. He also struck out just two batters, while throwing just 84 total pitches. It was exactly the performance fantasy owners expected from the kid ranked within the top-25 pitchers all over the web.
It is normally tougher for young pitchers to put up strong numbers during the colder months of the season, though, and seeing as Monday’s opener was in Milwaukee, it is understandable why Teheran couldn’t get comfortable on the mound.
Luckily, it is only the first week of the season and Teheran has the rest of the year to get back on track. He will only get better from here. Teheran is worth holding onto in all formats and the fireballer will be throwing gems before you know it.