As of Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Gwinnett Daily Post
For this season, Julio Teheran lived up to the expectations.
The top prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization entering this year, has turned in a dominant season for the Class AAA Gwinnett Braves leading the International League with 15 wins, a 2.22 ERA and a opponent batting average of .227.
And that league-dominating consistency earned the 20-year-old a pair of season honors announced Tuesday. Teheran is the second consecutive G-Braves player to be named IL rookie of the year as well as league's most valuable pitcher. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman won rookie of the year in 2010 for the Gwinnett Braves.
It's been a year of honors for the Colombia-native, who was named to the Class AAA All-Star team but missed the game for an opportunity to start for the World Team in Major League Baseball's Futures Game in Arizona over the All-Star weekend. He also made a pair of big-league spot starts early in the season for the Braves. Over two game, against the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks, he allowed five runs off 10 hits for a 5.19 ERA.
But at the minor league level, that ERA drops to 2.22. He has 121 strikeouts against just 43 walks and he averages more than seven strikeouts per nine innings.
In other league awards, Durham's Russ Canzler was named the IL's most valuable player and Columbus manager Mike Sarbaugh was named manager of the year.