Until he reached the big leagues, Julio Teheran had never been particularly home run prone. But Sunday, Teheran provided a suitable audition to pitch for the All-Star Game's Home Run Derby.
Facing the Tigers in his first outing of spring training, Teheran gave up seven runs on six home runs in just two innings of work. Teheran is in a battle with Mike Minor and Randall Delgado for the final two spots in the Braves rotation, but obviously his first outing is not helping his case.
Delgado wasn't a whole lot more impressive. He walked two, allowed two hits including a home run and gave up four runs in his one inning of work.
Neither pitchers' command was particularly sharp, which left them forced to throw fastballs in hitters counts on a day where the wind was blowing out.
“I don’t want to take anything away from their hitters,” catcher Ross told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “They put some good swings on balls. But they were in a lot of hitters’ counts. We went 3-1, would make a good pitch to make it 3-2 and they knew the same pitch was coming. I can’t call a dirty 3-2 slider the first inning in spring training. You’ve got to learn to command your fastball and make your pitch. That’s what these kids are trying to do.”
Teheran had given up only 20 home runs in 383 minor league innings as a pro. He did give up four home runs in just 20 innings last year in the big leagues.
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