ATLANTA — Except for a few occasions, Julio Teheran hasn’t been as dominant this season as he was with Gwinnett a year ago. But the 21-year-old right-hander will get a chance to live up to his billing as baseball’s top pitching prospect today.
Teheran will make a spot start in place of Tim Hudson, who is bothered by a sore left ankle, as the Atlanta concludes its three-game interleague series against Toronto at Turner Field.
The native of Colombia is coming off his first career complete game, a victory at Charlotte last Sunday in which he allowed seven hits and a run while striking out six. He was to pitch Saturday night for the G-Braves at Pawtucket before being scratched.
Teheran is 5-2 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 starts for Gwinnett this season after going 15-3 with a 2.55 ERA a year ago and winning International League honors as most valuable pitcher and rookie of the year.
After losing out to Randall Delgado for a spot in the Braves rotation coming out of spring training, Teheran has been both good and bad with the G-Braves this season. Before his complete game against Charlotte, he lasted just three innings and allowed six runs against Lehigh Valley at Coolray Field.
Teheran made five appearances for Atlanta last season, including three starts. He was 1-1 with a 5.03 ERA.
Hudson is bothered by bone spurs in his ankle and received a cortisone shot on Friday. If the soreness subsides, manager Fredi Gonzalez said that the veteran may be able to pitch as early as Wednesday against the Yankees in the finale of that three-game interleague series.
Hudson, who had back surgery during the offseason, pitched a five-hit shutout against the Marlins in Miami on Tuesday to improve to 4-2 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts. He walked three and struck out three, throwing 108 pitches in the 11-0 victory.