Julio Teheran Scouting Report (2010)
Seeing the growth of Atlanta Braves pitching prospect Julio Teheran from the 2009 to 2010 season was a learning experience for me as it illuminated just how quickly a truly elite prospect can improve. Teheran was extremely impressive in a late 2009 start, flashing a 94 MPH fastball and two breaking balls with potential. But 2010 brought a much improved pitcher through Savannah whose raw stuff had taken a giant step forward in less than a year’s time.
- Well-proportioned pitcher; More mature physically from previous season
- Added size leaves Teheran looking more durable; Physique better able to support his velocity
- Mechanics look smoothed out from 2009; Stays taller in the back of his delivery to create better plane
- Arm whip still the best I’ve seen; Less effort is needed in his delivery to create it
- Attacks hitters relentlessly with his arsenal of pitches
- Perceived injury risk significantly reduced
- Fastball 92-94 MPH, touching 96
- “Electric” life on the pitch; Hard tail in on RHH; Excellent downward plane when on top of the pitch
- 76 MPH curveball; 11-5 break
- Sharp break when down in the zone; Threw the pitch earlier in the count than in his 2009 outing
- 78-81 MPH changeup; Pitch runs into RHH
- Improved arm speed from 2009; Left the pitch high too often
Quite simply, Julio Teheran is the best pitcher I’ve had the opportunity to scout in my two plus years running Scouting the Sally. With further refinement, he profiles as a frontline starter whose continued physical maturation leaves me more confident he will reach his considerable upside.
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