By Joe McDonald at 29 June, 2013, 9:44 am
Go back and re-read all those glowing and glorious Julio Teheran scouting reports from 2010 and 2011. The scouts and prospect hounds knew what they were doing . It's all happening for the 22-year-old righty in 2013. Welcome to the cover of Closing Time.
Teheran's six innings against Arizona on Friday were a thing of beauty: six scoreless innings, four hits, one walk, 10 strikeouts. Here's some video to keep you company. It's the 11th time he's allowed three runs or less in his last 12 turns; if you grade all starting pitchers over the last two months, he ranks as a Top 12 option. Teheran's ERA is down to 3.12, his WHIP trimmed to 1.19.
To watch Teheran is to observe an artist at work. According to Pitch f/x data , he's currently throwing four pitches regularly (two and four-seam fastballs, a slider and curve) and he mixes in a change when he's bored. He hardly ever walks anyone (just 16 unintentional passes all year) and he knows how to induce swings on bad pitches . I don't know what the Braves plan to do if their six best starters become healthy at the same time in 2013, but I can't see Teheran losing his gig. Incendiary stuff like this cannot be ignored.