We missed Graham in the Prospects Report. But here's the lowdown on Teheran:
Julio Teheran, SP/RHP (TY 13) (LY – 4)
Teheran advanced quickly through the minors during his first few seasons as a professional. However, he has struggled to live up to his lofty prospect status for the better part of the past year. His struggles have been especially surprising given his maturity and feel for pitching. Teheran posted a 2.55 ERA and threw 144 1/3 innings at Triple-A Gwinnett in 2011 at the tender age of 20, but struggled in a late-season audition with Atlanta toward the end of that year. This past season didn’t go well for the longtime elite prospect. He tallied an unimpressive 5.08 ERA and saw his strikeout rate drop for the third straight season. Teheran has now pitched a total of 26 innings for Atlanta with uninspiring results (5.19 ERA, 5.2 K/9, 3.12 BB/9). Struggles aside, Teheran is still a very good (and young) pitching prospect. He throws four pitches: a low-to-mid-90s fastball, an excellent changeup that’s almost as good as his heater, a solid low-80s curveball and a decent slider. His inconsistent mechanics and command have caused Teheran to stall as a prospect, but he’ll get every chance to break into the Atlanta rotation in 2013.
Upside - Josh Johnson (3.75 ERA, 190 innings pitched, 175 strikeouts)
Certainty (MLB; Upside) - 99%, 65%
Expected arrival – 2013
To like Graham better than Teheran is a bold statement
14 Team Keeper, points only, best 12 skaters 2 dman 2 G count. Playoffs count.
F - Crosby, C.Smith, Wheeler, Parenteau, Hudler, Clowe, Grabovski, Atkinson, Frolik, S. Kostitsyn, Marchand, Peverley, Tavares, Read, Brouwer, Bickell, Gionta, Setoguchi
G - Anderson, Hiller, Markstrom, Brodeur
D - Letang, Del Zotto, I. White, Kronwall, Brodin, Nikitin