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Julio Teheran could end up being a special player.
When you look at Mike Minor and Julio Teheran you see two totally opposite pitchers.
Minor, the southern kid from Vanderbilt, is more of a middle of the rotation left-handed pitcher with good but not great stuff, while the slender Colombian Teheran is a potential ace with a devastating fastball when it is on.
When he was drafted, Minor profiled as a back of the rotation starter, however after his velocity increased following the draft his stuff started to play better and resulted in more strikeouts. Now he looks like his ceiling is as a very strong no. 3 starter, though he seems more likely to just be a decent no. 3 or strong no. 4.
Teheran, on the other hand, was once seen as a future ace, and the top pitching prospect in the game at points between the end of the 2010 season and the middle of the 2011 season. Now that he is in the upper levels of the minors and has made his big league debut, scouts have picked him apart and possibly over-analyzed him.
Still those scouts project him as a very strong no. 2 starter, which is still front of the rotation caliber.
Sure, both guys are capable of enjoying success in Atlanta at the same time, but right now throwing Minor out there every fifth game is like having a black hole. Minor has not had a decent start in his last four, while there is guy sitting in Triple-A capable of giving the Braves an eventually dominant starter at the front of their rotation.