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Julio Teheran scuffles against Phillies in debut

May 7, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

Julio Teheran

20-year-old Julio Teheran may have turned some heads in his first major league start Saturday, but he won’t come away with a win after allowing three runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Phillies.

Teheran allowed one run through three innings before Ryan Howard took him way out to right-center in the fourth.  The fifth started with consecutive outs, but a four-pitch walk to Jimmy Rollins followed and Shane Victorino then delivered an RBI triple to knock Teheran out of the game.

While Teheran couldn’t deliver a quality start, he showed why he’s so highly regarded.  He worked at 91-94 mph in the game and he had nice location of a low-80s changeup.  He wasn’t very effective with his curve, in part because he didn’t get into a lot of two-strike counts.   He recorded just one strikeout, that of Raul Ibanez in the fourth.

Teheran was just called up for the one start, and he’s expected to be sent back down to Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday.  Based on his showing tonight, the Braves won’t be afraid to go back to him if they lose a starter to injury.  However, given that they also have Mike Minor waiting in the wings, there’s a good chance Teheran won’t be back until after the All-Star break.

  1. bleedgreen - May 7, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Just curious what all the people saying that Vance Worley can’t be judged yet because ‘the other teams dont’ have a book on him yet’, yet this guy was a hotter prospect, and gave up 3 runs in < 5 innings in his first start. We don't have a book on him either and still knocked him around a little bit. Does this mean that Teheran will be a terrible pitcher? Nope. Just that so far Vance Worley looks 'better', whatever that means in the end.

    • nps6724 - May 8, 2011 at 4:10 AM

      Vance Worley was 22 years old when he came up, made his ML debut out of the bullpen, and *then* made his first start against the Marlins at home.

      Julio Teheran is 20 years old, making his ML debut as a starter against the Phillies on the road.

      Worley had just a few more things in his favor, ya know.

      • chadjones27 - May 8, 2011 at 12:37 PM

        At least Teheran struck out Ibanez. That’s kinda hard to do nowadays.

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