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Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson (tiny tear in rotator cuff) is sidelined for at least a couple of weeks, and perhaps for the rest of the season. Jair Jurrjens is dealing with pain and a bruise in his surgically repaired knee and is most concerned with being able to return in time to pitch in the postseason. There's a decent chance that the Bravos will need a fill-in starter for the rest of this campaign.
Teheran it up down the stretch?
Atlanta has already scheduled prospect Randall Delgado to start in place of Jurrjens against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. It's possible that he's the sub. But fellow prospect Teheran will pitch the second game of the Braves' twin bill against the New York Mets on Thursday and seems a likelier candidate for first crack at plugging an opening. Mike Minor has had his finger in the dike for a while already.
You've heard of this Teheran fella. He has pretty good stuff, with occasional trouble commanding it, but he's one of the top prospects in baseball. This year, at Triple-A Gwinnett, he's 15-3 with a 2.55 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, a 7.59 K/9 and a 2.99 BB/9 - and that's after he was lit up for six runs on six hits and five walks in his most recent outing. In his couple of spot starts for Atlanta, the 20-year-old gave up 10 hits (two homers), five runs and four walks while fanning only two in 8 2/3 stanzas.
That's not pretty, and it's been a reckoning year of sorts for the right-hander, but he's a real talent and may have an opportunity in front of him. Delgado, should the Braves turn to him instead, is worth the same consideration that Teheran would be in this position.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
Dana Eveland, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have called up Eveland to pitch their Thursday contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he responded with eight frames of one-run ball that included six hits, no walks and three strikeouts. He threw about two-thirds of his pitches for strikes. It was an impressive outing for the left-hander, who was 12-8 with a 4.38 ERA, a 6.25 K/9 and a 3.56 BB/9 for Triple-A Albuquerque.
Nathan Eovaldi is likely to make only one more start for the Blue, on Saturday, and Eveland has likely moved to the front of the line of candidates to take the young right-hander's place.
Eveland's prior big-league experience isn't terribly encouraging, however. After that brilliant outing, he has a lifetime 5.63 ERA, a 5.98 K/9 and a 4.62 BB/9. He's been with several organizations prior to this one. LA's ballpark may turn out to be a good spot for him, and he's likely lined up for a few friendly matchups to close this one out - if he indeed remains in the rotation for the rest of the way. But, it's risky to think of the 27-year-old as anything more than a spot-start dart.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Pass
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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