Teheran Leading Talented Myrtle Beach Staff
ATLANTA—Ask a scout to name a rotation with more prospects than the current edition of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and chances are the list will be a short one. Not only for the 2010 campaign, but for the past decade . . . and before.
When the Braves promoted righthander Arodys Vizcaino from low Class A Rome to the high Class A Carolina League during the first week of June, the Pelicans completed a rotation that has five legitimate prospects. The hurlers include righthanders Randall Delgado and J.J. Hoover, both having resided in Myrtle Beach during the slate's first half, as well as Vizcaino, righthander Julio Teheran and lefty Brett Oberholtzer, each of whom were promoted after opening the campaign in the South Atlantic League.
"It makes coming to work everyday fun," Myrtle Beach pitching coach Kent Willis said. "The chance to work with such talented young men and to see them make the adjustments over the course of the season is the most rewarding part of this game. There's no doubt this group has a chance to be special."
As talented as all five hurlers may be, Teheran looks to be on the fastest track. Through his first 13 starts of the season, the Colombian ranked third in the minors with a 1.26 ERA and 94 strikeouts. In seven outings at Rome, he surrendered only 23 hits in 39 innings and limited opponents to a .168 average. At Myrtle Beach, the 19-year-old reached double-digits in whiffs in three of his first six starts and sported a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 49-to-7.
"It's hard to find the right words to describe what he's doing in the league at his age," Pelicans manager Rocket Wheeler said. "He's throwing three pitches for strikes at any time in the count and he's working off a fastball that's around 95 miles per hour. His knowledge of pitching is well beyond his experience."
• Wheeler managed the Carolina League all-star squad, while Myrtle Beach hosted the contest for the second time in three years.
• Vizcaino's departure led to righthander Cory Rasmus receiving an invitation to the South Atlantic League all-atar game in Greenville, S.C. Rasmus, 22, was plagued by injuries that limited him to a total of 13 innings in his first three seasons. He emerged as a steady contributor in the Rome bullpen this season before shifting to the starting rotation midway through the first half.