The most anticipated debut since Avery
It’s generally agreed that Julio Teheran has more potential than any Braves-grown pitcher since Steve Avery. Certainly there was a lot of buzz around Tommy Hanson’s first start, but mmmBop was a late-blooming prospect. We’ve been hearing about Teheran since he signed as a 16-year-old out of Colombia. So far he’s lived up to the hype.
Let’s hope his baptism goes better than Avery’s (2-1/3 IP, 8 HA, 8 ER, 3 BB).
Or Glavine’s (3-2/3 IP, 10 HA, 6 ER, 5 BB).
Or Hanson’s (6 IP, 6 HA, 6 ER, including 3 homers).
Kevin Millwood won his debut, though he was coming out of the ‘pen in relief of Chris Brock. While not in the same class as the other prospects mentioned, Kyle Davies had one of the best first starts, in Fenway, no less (5 IP, 4 HA, 0 ER, 6 K’s). I’d gladly take that kind of outing from Teheran.
Even better would be a replica of Smoltzie’s first game (8 IP, 4 HA, 1 BB, 1 ER).
- Julio Teheran to make his major league debut on Saturday (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)