May 6, 2011 at 4:01 pm by Kevin Orris under Atlanta Braves
Peter’s Reaction: WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I haven’t been this excited about a pitching prospect’s imminent debut since ever. I love the move. The Braves need every win they can get, especially against Philadelphia, and the opportunity to use their best pitching prospect for a spot start is a great luxury. It seems likely that Teheran will be sent back to the minors after his MLB debut. That’s fine, but maybe he’ll pitch well enough to force the Braves’ hand and keep him in the rotation. Probably not, he still has a few things to work on, but Teheran is a tremendously talented pitcher that I’ve greatly enjoyed watching ever since he made it to the full season leagues and I can’t wait for the rest of the fan base to see what I’ve seen over the last two years.
Ben’s Response: I cannot say I am not excited. I watched his last start against the SWB Yankees and was impressed as I always am when I see him pitch. After his appearance I still felt like his breaking ball needed work. The command of his fastball was tremendous, and I think of all the aspects of his game, that is what will surprise the Phillies, their fans, and even some Braves fans the most in tomorrow’s start.
I probably would have had Minor throw a few innings yesterday and pitch tomorrow or Sunday, but worse things have happened. The worst part about this, for me, is that I will be at a wedding tomorrow and will not be able to watch.
Kevin Orris’ Reaction: Although it was unexpected, it isn’t the most surprising news in the world to me that Julio Teheran has been called up to face the Phillies tomorrow. Once Mike Minor took the mound last night, it was evident that he was a no-go for Sunday and with Rodrigo Lopez still scheduled to throw in Gwinnett tonight, the only remaining choices were Teheran or Tommy Hanson/Tim Hudson on three day’s rest.
Considering the results of Derek Lowe’s recent start on three day’s rest and the lack of quality bullpen arms, it was apparent that a move was going to be made.
I’m not overly concerned about Teheran’s call-up, knowing that it’s just for a spot start. The Braves would like to prevent him from garnering too much service time at this point, so I don’t expect to see him up again until later in the season. It’s possible that he could be a member of the bullpen come August or September if the Braves fail to acquire a right handed threat outside of Craig Kimbrel.
Note: This is a segment that I did seconds after the Julio Teheran news came out on WSFN in Brunswick/St. Thomas and WFNS in Waycross/Blackshear this afternoon.