It's been a remarkable 24 hours for prospect watchers, with big news involving Manny Machado, Eric Hosmer, and now Julio Teheran. The Braves have promoted the right-hander from the Triple-A Gwinnett to make a spot start Saturday.
Teheran was 3-0, 1.80 in five International League starts, with a 25/8 K/BB in 30 innings and 25 hits allowed. Scouting reports are glowing, pointing to excellent stuff and excellent command for his age. Mid-90s fastball, very good curveball and changeup, outstanding mound presence and feel for pitching, especially for his age. The reports on his stuff contain nothing but excellents basicallly, with little to quibble about in the statistics. About the only negative in his profile is a concern from some scouts that his mechanics could make him vulnerable to a long-term injury, and he did have some shoulder problems in 2008, but hasn't had trouble since.
He's expected to be sent back to Triple-A no matter what happens on Saturday, and at age 20, with just 12 starts in the upper minors in his career, that's understandable. He projects as a future number one starter, and we'll get a good look at that future Saturday.