Delgado, Teheran, Vizcaino Ready To Blossom In Atlanta
ATLANTA—Rare are the moments when a pitcher with the talent of righthanders Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino or Randall Delgado blossoms in the farm system. Even rarer are those instances when three such prospects become major league ready at the same time.
While there are those who may consider the Braves' situation a black swan event, Atlanta officials entered spring training firmly believing the adage that a team can never have too much pitching. With Tim Hudson recovering from back surgery, Tommy Hanson returning from a shoulder injury and Jair Jurrjens experiencing some bone-on-bone pain in his knee, general manager Frank Wren knows more men on the mound in spring training will definitely make for a better 2012 outlook.
"We pride ourselves in doing a good job of scouting and developing," Wren said. "Those players come to the big leagues knowing what we expect and how we want things done, and I believe you saw that last year when those guys came up and did a solid job for us."
Barring a trade, Vizcaino would be the most likely to stick after he worked in 17 games with the big club last season, going 1-1, 4.67. A starter throughout his minor league career, Vizcaino moved to relief out of necessity last August and responded well, but the Braves have indicated they still see him as a special arm in the rotation.
The same goes for Delgado and Teheran. Delgado made seven starts last season with Atlanta and went 1-1, 2.83. Teheran started three of his five outings in the big leagues and posted a 1-1, 5.03 mark. Delgado is 22, making him the oldest of the three by less than a year, which means time is still on their side as well as that of the Braves.
"We've seen those three young men grow and mature not only on the field but off the field too," farm director Ronnie Richardson said. "That's definitely part of the process in allowing them to get to the major leagues and contribute for a championship-contending team."
• The Braves are shifting Joey Terdoslavich back to third base this season. The 2010 sixth-round pick out of Long Beach State manned third in his pro debut at Rookie-level Danville before shifting to first base last year at high Class A Lynchburg.
• Terdoslavich was among the non-roster players invited to the Braves' big league camp. Other notable prospects on that list are righthander Zeke Spruill, lefthander Sean Gilmartin, catcher Christian Bethancourt and shortstop Andrelton Simmons.