It was a strong rebound effort from Julio Teheran in 2016. He found his control (his walk rate fell to 2013-14 levels) and with less traffic on the bases from free passes, he allowed fewer hits. All of it resulted in a season almost identical to 2014, complete with another All-Star appearance. His fastball works 91-93 mph, but he works it up in the zone which leverages effective velocity and makes it look more like 94-95 mph regularly. Teheran's biggest hurdle remains consistently thwarting lefties. He was awful in 2013, great in 2014, horrific in 2015, and then OK in 2016. It all comes down to the fastball, but it works so well against righties that it seems fixable versus lefties. Three good years out of four from a 26-year-old usually has their stock soaring, but Teheran remains eminently affordable. Slot him in as your third starter and enjoy the number-two upside.
Teheran tossed two shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one, in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. He threw 18 of 30 pitches for strikes and worked in all his breaking pitches, as he gets ready to pitch for Team Colombia in the WBC. Teheran failed to reach 200 innings last year for the first time since 2013, but his 2.0 BB/9 was the best rate of his career, and with an improving team around him the 26-year-old could be headed for a big 2017.
Teheran will pitch for Team Colombia at the WBC, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The 26-year-old has a strong bounceback campaign in 2016, and will be the ace of a Colombia staff that lacks established major league arms aside from the White Sox's Jose Quintana. Teheran could make a quick return to camp for the Braves, though, as Colombia is in a tough qualifying group that also features Team USA and the defending champions, the Dominican Republic.
Teheran struck out 12 and walked just one while allowing three hits across seven shutout innings in Sunday's win over Detroit. Teheran was shelled in his previous appearance, but he bounced back with one of his most dominant outings of the season to prevent Detroit from earning a playoff berth. Teheran enjoyed an excellent season despite being on one of the worst teams in baseball, as he compiled a 3.21 ERA and a career-best 1.05 WHIP with 167 strikeouts across 188 innings. He appears poised to continue his evolution into a front-line pitcher in what will be his age 26 season in 2017.
Teheran pitched four innings, allowing six runs, 10 hits and two walks while striking out three Phillies in a no-decision Tuesday. A rain delay ended the night for both team's starters after four innings, but Teheran was drowning in his worst performance of the year before the storm rolled through. For the first time since July of 2014, Teheran allowed 10-plus hits over four or fewer innings. The six earned runs tied a season high for Teheran, although he had pitched six-plus innings in the two other six-run outings. Lucky for him, the Braves rallied to keep the 25-year-old out of the loss column. He's slated to start the season finale Sunday against Detroit.
Teheran's next start has been pushed back after Sunday's game against the Marlins was cancelled following the tragic death of Miami ace Jose Fernandez. Fernandez, one of the game's top young starters, was one of three people found dead in a boating accident off Miami Beach early Sunday. Given what the 24-year-old meant to the Miami organization and the sport of baseball, Major League Baseball determined it wouldn't be appropriate to expect the Marlins to play. The Braves will open up a series with the Phillies on Tuesday, so look for Teheran to get back on the mound for the start in that game.