Julio Teheran Throws First Career Complete Game

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

The No. 2 prospect in minor league baseball, Julio Teheran threw his first career complete game on Sunday against the Charlotte Knights. The right-hander was in the zone, as he threw 107 pitches and yielded just one run en route to the nine-inning complete game victory. With the win, Teheran moved his record to 5-2 on the season with a stellar 3.15 ERA, as he seeks his second straight Triple-A All-Star Game appearance in 2012.

Teheran was a non-drafted free agent that was signed by the Atlanta Braves during the 2007 Major League off-season. He started with one stint in Rookie ball with Danville and then was promoted in 2009 to Rome, where he pitched 37.2 innings for Atlanta’s Single-A affiliate. After showcasing his raw ability in Rome, his next stop was Myrtle Beach in the summer of 2010. Teheran began to dominate hitters with the Pelicans, as his 2.98 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 63.1 innings of work spoke volumes across professional baseball.

Finally, last season with Gwinnett the 21-year-old righty entered stardom as he was awarded the International League’s Pitcher of the Year and 2011 IL Rookie of the Year, alongside an all-star bid. However, the young right-hander was unable to attend the 2011 Triple-A All-Star Game because he was also named to the MLB Future Star’s Game. Teheran was remarkable with the G-Braves last season to the tune of a 15-3 record and 2.55 ERA in 144.2 innings pitched. Truly, the next step for this youngster is the only one left to take…to Atlanta.

“I made the all-star team last season but was unable to go because of the Future Star’s Game, which was a good experience for me. I keep working hard and I hope to make it (2012 All-Star Team) this year,” said Teheran.

Photo courtesy of Leslie Watts

Sunday’s victory against the Charlotte Knights was a huge indication of how far the Colombian has traveled, literally. Through his first few seasons in minor league baseball, Teheran was predominantly unknown. However, once he started getting a name for himself, the Braves limited his innings because he is their newest prized possession.

Regardless, after two career-high starts of eight innings, Teheran blew the doors off that mark as he finished what he started on June 3, in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The right-hander allowed just one run on seven hits and stuck out six without yielding a walk all afternoon.

It was indeed Teheran’s finest hour as a professional pitcher, but look for more to come from a young man with so much upside and room to improve. Julio Teheran is scheduled to make his next start against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Friday night from Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA. Make sure you take notice of this kid every opportunity you get, because his time in Gwinnett is only momentary.

By: Tony Piraro

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