Julio Teheran returning to form?

The Braves top prospect isn’t all the way back, but there’s signs of progress. On Aug. 14 he pitched 8 dazzling innings, striking out nine and allowing just one run. He repeated those numbers Saturday night, though in his previous start he didn’t make it out of the third, allowing 7 runs. Don’t be surprised if he’s in the parent club’s rotation next April.

J.R. Graham may not be far behind. The 2011 4th round draft pick, whose fastball has been clocked as high as 100 MPH, has put together an impressive season: 12 wins, 2.71 ERA, 1.049 WHIP. And he’s pitched even better since his promotion to Mississippi, raising his K/9 IP from 6.0 to 8.5 and lowering his H/9 IP from 7.7 to 6.5 in 8 starts. At 6’0 and 185 pounds he doesn’t have the build of your typical power pitcher but otherwise there’s little separating him from the game’s best mound prospects.

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4 Comments on Julio Teheran returning to form?

  1. Who would he replace? Medlen, Hudson, Malholm, & Minor have to be shoe-ins…Hanson would have to really be bad to not have a spot. Then, Beachy will probably be back midseason…and he has to get past Delgado. Maybe he does get in the rotation, but it will take some serious work.

  2. I think Hanson will be dealt this offseason for a bat, so it’ll probably be a duel between Randall and Julio for the 5th spot, just as it was this year.

  3. I’m ready to write-off Hanson. I’d happily include him in a deal for a CF or 3B.

  4. rankin' rob // August 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm //

    They should let Hanson pitch the 5th-9th innings and see if he is more effective.

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