Thanks Julio!

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After seven seasons, Julio Teherán, says goodbye to the Atlanta Braves. The 28-year-old pitcher leaves as the Atlanta Braves record holder with six opening day starts. He never quite lived up to the hype of being MLB.com’s fourth ranked prospect in 2011, behind only, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Matt Moore. However, Julio Teherán leaves behind a unique legacy.

Rookie Season

Julio Teherán’s rookie season found him finishing fifth in rookie of the year balloting, a season in which he had an ERA of 3.20. Julio also had a 3.69 FIP to go along with a 2.6 fWAR. Teherán finished the season with a 14-8 record, collecting 170 strikeouts over 185.2 innings pitched. A very solid start to a promising career.

Best Season

Following his rookie season, Julio Teherán’s 2014, was, statistically, his best. Julio, after signing a 6-year, 32.4 million extension, starts his opening day starting pitcher streak. Because of pitching the previous Sunday before the All-Star break, Julio was unable to pitch in the All-Star game. However, Teherán was honored before the game, becoming just the second Colombian to be selected to the All-Star game.
Julio made 33 starts in 2014. However, he was only one game over .500 (14-13), with a 2.89 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over 221 innings.

Durable

Compiling a 77-73 record with a 3.67 ERA over 229 games, Julio Teherán is just one of five players since 2013 with at least 220 starts and 1300 innings pitched. His name seems out of place with the other four, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Jon Lester, and Jose Quintana. Still, from 2013-2019, Julio Teherán, made at least 30 starts and tossed no fewer than 174 2/3 innings, twice throwing over 200 innings.

Expendable

Julio Teherán’s six straight opening day starts is a record worth noting when you consider it was better than Hall-of-Famers, Phil Neikro and Greg Maddux. However, his inconsistencies and 10+ postseason ERA kept him off of the 2018 NLDS roster against the Dodgers. Teherán was also initially left off of the 2019 playoff roster, until he was added on due to an injury to pitcher, Chris Martin. Those were the early signs of the end of Teherán’s run in Atlanta.

New Beginnings

The Atlanta Braves declined Julio’s $12 million option this off season after Teherán went 10-11 with a 3.81 ERA, allowing him to become a free agent. Thursday, Julio, signed with the Anaheim Angels for $9 million. After coming into the National League a young rookie, Teherán is heading to the American League an old veteran: a new league on a new coast.

Julio Teherán
Courtesy of Atlanta Braves Twitter

Tip of the Cap

As Julio Teherán heads west, Braves Nation will remember him for always being there. Often times looking like an ace, but never able to sustain the momentum, Teherán’s lasting legacy is his durability. When he was given the ball, he pitched. He pitched as hard and as long as he could, every single outing. Through the good and through the bad, Teherán stood on the mound, year after year, inning after inning, pitch after pitch. As a fan, as a teammate, as a manager, that’s all you can ever ask from a player. Thank you, Julio Teherán, for every ounce of effort you gave to the Atlanta Braves. Chop on!

Julio Teherán
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