Minor, Teheran to play in Futures Game
Pair of pitching prospects to represent Braves
CHICAGO -- Jason Heyward represented the Braves at last year's Futures Game. This year, the organization will be represented by two of its top pitching prospects.
Left-handed pitcher Mike Minor and right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran will serve as the Braves' representatives for this year's Futures Game, which will be played on July 12 at Angel Stadium.
The 12th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.
Teheran, who will be a member of the World team's pitching staff, and Minor, who will compete with the United States squad, entered this season ranked by Baseball America as the third and fourth best prospects in the Braves' organization. Heyward and first baseman Freddie Freeman were the only players who ranked ahead of them.
Teheran has overcome some of the shoulder problems that plagued him the past two years and lived up to the tremendous expectations that surround him. The 19-year-old right-hander went 2-2 with a 1.14 ERA in seven starts with Class A Rome this year and earned a promotion that has given him a chance to dominate Southern League opponents.
In the six starts he has made for Class A-Advanced Myrtle Beach, Teheran has gone 3-1 with a 1.38 ERA. He has notched at least 12 strikeouts in three of these outings and limited opponents to a .214 batting average.
Teheran has combined to go 5-3 with a 1.26 ERA in the 13 combined starts he has made for the club's two Class A affiliates this year. In the 78 1/3 innings he has completed, he has recorded 94 strikeouts, issued 17 walks and limited opponents to a .196 batting average.
The Braves gave Teheran a $850,000 signing bonus in 2007. The young hurler, who hails from Colombia, was considered one of the most attractive prospects on the International market that year.
Minor, the club's first pick and seventh overall selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has shown flashes of brilliance and also endured some growing pains while pitching for Double-A Mississippi this year.
The 22-year-old left-handed prospect out of Vanderbilt University has gone 2-6 with a 4.16 ERA in 14 starts for Mississippi. He has notched a Southern League-best 101 strikeouts and issued 33 walks in 80 innings.
Heading into his first big league camp this year, Minor's professional career consisted of the 14 innings he completed for Rome last year and his time in the Arizona Fall League. Still, he impressed the Braves enough to earn the chance to begin this season at the Double-A level.
Minor halted some early-season inconsistencies by allowing just two earned runs during a three-start stretch that extended from May 6-16. He allowed seven earned run in two of his next three starts. But in between, he tossed eight scoreless innings and notched 11 strikeouts against Montgomery (Ala.).
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.