ATLANTA—Some player personnel decisions are more difficult than others, but that was not the case with righthander Julio Teheran.
The 21-year-old entered spring training as the organization's top prospect as well as the leading candidate to earn the No. 5 starter's job—at least until veteran Tim Hudson returns from offseason surgery. Teheran, however, lost his big league bid to fellow righthander and top prospect Randall Delgado.
Teheran left too many pitches up and over the plate, resulting in an often-flat fastball and nine home runs allowed in 16 spring innings. He surrendered six to the Tigers in his initial outing and scuffled at times thereafter, finishing with a 9.37 ERA with 22 hits allowed. He also walked eight batters while fanning 10.
The 22-year-old Delgado's performance was only marginally better than Teheran's. He allowed 28 hits and 12 walks in 22 innings, while striking out 23 and finishing with a 7.89 ERA.
"In Julio's case, he's going back to Triple-A to compete," farm director Ronnie Richardson said, "though we believe we will need him at the major league level at some point this season. In the meantime, we're going to do everything we can to prepare him for his next opportunity with Atlanta."
Another spring training battle that went down to the wire involved the shortstop position, where Tyler Pastornicky beat out Andrelton Simmons, who started camp hot but hit just .186/.271/.233 overall.
Braves officials toyed with the idea of sending the 22-year-old Simmons to Triple-A before deciding to stick with the original plan, which called for an assignment to Double-A Mississippi.
"This is a guy who can really, really defend, and his bat is going to come," big league manager Fredi Gonzalez said of Simmons. "He's one of those guys, when he gets to the big leagues, he's going to be up here a long time."
One of more pleasant surprises of camp was the development of switch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich, who returned to third base after manning first last season. The Braves skipped him over Double-A on his way to Gwinnett.
"With his maturity level and his overall power, we believe he will have a chance to have success against some tougher competition at the Triple-A level," Richardson said.
• Lefthander Cole Rohrbough had a solid spring and opened the season with low Class A Rome. He has battled injuries the last three years and pitched only one inning in Rookie ball in 2011.
• The Braves sent third-base prospects Kyle Kubitza and Brandon Drury to Rome. Initial plans call for Kubitza to play regularly at the hot corner with Drury splitting his time between the infield corners. Both also will DH.