Miami Marlins rookie starter Jose Fernandez is getting a lot of attention for National League Rookie of the Year and for good reason. For all of the buzz around Fernandez however there is another rookie starter that also deserves a look for the coveted rookie honors. Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran has been so effective over the last few months that it was hard to remember he was a rookie. Though he does have a spot start or two on his record before this season, he is a rookie still and a great one at that.
Teheran is right step in step with Mike Minor of the Braves in that both stepped up substantially after the Tim Hudson injury. Marlins faithful could point out that Fernandez has emerged as a staff ace with almost zero minor league starts and have a great point. Although I don’t think that the time spent in the minors should really factor in on who wins the award. Fernandez’s story might be better because of it but performance as a rookie in the majors should stand alone.
As the debate begins to get started for real on who could win rookie of the year, these two candidates are nice enough to face each other in the Braves game against the Marlins tonight. It is a great match-up between two great pitchers that have meant a lot to their team but without a doubt it is more. Also it could provide proof that one is a tad over the other or that each deserves the award as well as the other. Whatever the outcome of the game; the box score of both starters will be news around MLB.