It’s the biggest international signing for the Braves since a kid named Elvis came aboard two and a half years ago, and it has the front office just a tad bit excited.
The Braves signed sixteen-year-old Julio Teheran to a contract Monday, the first day for international signings. He’s a 6’2½”, 175-pound right-handed pitcher from Colombia that was rated as the top pitcher on the international market this summer.
Teheran has a fastball that ranges from 91-94 mph along with a plus curve and plus changeup. The Braves have followed Teheran for two years, seeing most of his starts. When he turned sixteen in January the Braves increased their interest and made him the top target.
”We’re extremely happy,” said Almaraz, who has seen Teheran four times himself in person. “This kid is some type of talent. Julio is a power arm. He’s everything we look for in a pitching prospect. He’s a very special prospect because he’s so young and he has the pitchability that not many young kids have. He’s a right-handed pitcher that just has an idea of how to pitch.”
”He commands three pitches in the strike zone, and they are all average to above average pitches. To find a pitcher with command for these pitches is very rare. He’s the best 16-year-old I’ve ever seen that possesses both command and the stuff at the same time.”
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BravesGuy wrote:I didnt say the Braves got THE top prospect, just A top prospect.
The top pitching prospect at least. It doesn't sound like the position players are very highly touted this year. The best I've heard is a Melky Cabrera comparison. So, Teheren could very well be the top international prospect signed.
Teheran is the top RHP for sure. Carlos Flores is a Lefty who may be the better prospect. He is throwing 90-91 as a 16 or 17 year old, and that alone puts him higher than Teheran for me.
Of course there are a ton of things that could come up and diminish or increase prospect values. Flores has been pretty secretive from what I have read, and there is actually some doubt that he even exists, and plenty of prospects lie about their age. And it is much less exact than the June Draft. Wily Mo Pena was a million dollar plus signee, and Carlos Gomez was less than a tenth of a million. That said, there is the occasional "cant-miss" King Felix.
My Point: I won't get excited about an International FA until they actually do something like Triunfel or Guerra.