#6 Julio Teheran
Pre-2011 Rank: 13
Teheran is the kind of guy every team loves to see atop their prospect list. Good build, athletic, aggressive, good makeup. Teheran is all of these and more. He features a four-pitch arsenal with his fastball, coming in anywhere from 94-97 mph, somehow not the best pitch he has. He also features a double-plus changeup with tremendous fade and plane.
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His mechanics are much cleaner now than they were at this time last year, and he should open the season in Atlanta. He made five appearances for the big club in 2011 and was bad, but he was also 20, and the ceiling on a guy like Teheran barely exists. The only thing holding him back right now is his breaking stuff. His slider and curveball are both below-average offerings, and we personally think anyone with Teheran’s arm acceleration stands a better chance of learning to be aggressive out front with a slider than a curveball. His Triple-A numbers are outstanding, posting a 2.55 ERA in 144.2 innings. He struck out 122 and walked 48 and only allowed five Triple-A dingers all year. He’s a stud and has really nothing left to prove on the farm. We expect Teheran to challenge for the NL Rookie of the Year award and then for some Cy Young’s in a few years.