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 gave up two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning by striking out Jose Iglesias and Tyler Collins and for the most part Teheran looked ready for the regular season, throwing 59 of his 88 pitches for strikes. The 26-year-old will make one more spring start against minor leaguers before his Opening Day assignment for the Braves.
Teheran's Friday start will be his last Grapefruit League outing this year, and his final warm-up game will come against minor leaguers sometime next week, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Atlanta's Opening Day starter will be handled carefully the week before he kicks off the season. Teheran has twirled an ERA of 3.21 or lower in three of his first four full MLB seasons and looks primed to sit near the top of many fantasy rotations in 2017.
Teheran was named the Braves' Opening Day starter Sunday. It's the fourth consecutive Opening Day nod for Teheran, who will take on the Mets on April 3. The 26-year-old enjoyed a nice bounce-back season in 2016, trimming his ERA from 4.04 to 3.21 while submitting a 16.6 K-BB percentage, his best mark since 2012.
Teheran allowed one run on two hits and a walk over five innings while striking out three in Team Colombia's 4-1 WBC win over Team Canada on Saturday. He tossed 61 pitches, 36 for strikes, and after running into a bit of trouble in the first inning, Teheran settled down and retired the final 13 batters he faced. Colombia now sits at 1-1 in Pool C but might need a victory over the defending champs, the Dominican Republic, on Sunday to advance to the second round.
Teheran gave up three hits and a walk in three shutout innings Friday, striking out three, in his final Grapefruit League start before leaving camp to play in the WBC. He's looked good through the early part of camp, and Teheran seems just about ready for the regular season, not to mention the WBC. The 26-year-old has made at least 30 starts in four straight seasons, posting a career-best 1.05 WHIP in 2016, and he'll be a key piece of the rebuilding Braves rotation this year.