Julio Teheran Is Ready To Be The Atlanta Braves’ Ace

 

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With Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy possibly having to have their second Tommy John surgeries, there have been things in the Atlanta Braves’ Spring Training that have slipped through the sight of baseball fans.

One main thing is that Julio Teheran is not showing any signs of slowing his pace from 2013.

In his first full season as a major league pitcher, Teheran started 30 games and approached the 200 innings mark with 185.2. In those games, he struck out 8.2 batters per nine innings, totaling 170 total. The only concerning statistic that came from his rookie campaign was the 22 home runs that he allowed through the season.

So far this spring, Teheran has shown nothing to make people think that he can’t return to that form in 2014. He has pitched in four games, totaling 13 innings. In that time, he has given up only one run (Sunday to the New York Yankees), striking out 13 batters and only walking two. One of the most encouraging things coming from him this spring is his fastball velocity — he’s been in the mid-to-high 90s with that pitch, which will be the key sign of his success this season.

With the injuries to Medlen and Beachy, Teheran is one of three Braves starters that has a large amount of starts in the major leagues last season. The first is newly signed Ervin Santana, who the Braves hope will fill in the No. 3 spot in the rotation. The other, Mike Minor, is yet to throw a pitch in Spring Training, other than four side-bullpen session. With his late start, the Braves may be looking at Teheran as their Opening Day starter.

If that is the case, I see no reason for the team to have any concern at all. With what he has shown this Spring, he isn’t slowing down any time soon and is set to become the ace of this staff for some time to come.

Steven Whitaker is an Atlanta Braves writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @CoachStevenWhit, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google

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