March 4, 2012; Lakeland, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (27) pitches in the game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Mike Minor takes an early lead in the rotation battle

Even though I still think Mike Minor has the spot locked down, we have to assume that Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado have just as good a shot to make the big league rotation. Well… they had just as good a shot. It looks like both of the highly touted right-handers have dug themselves into a bit of a hole.

Both pitchers were—to put it nicely—awful yesterday. Teheran pitched three innings and gave up 11 runs, 6 homeruns, 8 hits, and also managed to walk three batters. It’s not a good day when the best thing you did was walk a batter per inning. Randall gave up 4 runs on two hits including a homer, and a double while issuing two walks.

Obviously this isn’t the kind of pitching we should expect to see out of Delgado and Teheran but does it show that they need some more time in the minors? Possibly. While it may seem okay to watch one game and declare ourselves highly regarded scouts it normally isn’t. I’m sure all of you have been a bit rusty when starting something up for the first time in a while. This is a similar situation.

All we can do is hope for better outings, and that neither of these pitchers lose any confidence because of arguably their worst appearances in their lives.

The Braves are looking to get their first win of the spring season as they go from one of the league’s best teams to one of the worst (Houston). Jair Jurrjens will take the mound and hopefully start to build his value back up. Game starts at 1:05. If you are watching or listening be sure to keep me updated @CarlosCollazoTT.

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  • Big Bad Bob

    David Ross said that Delgado and Teheran struggled with their control yesterday. Last season, their control was excellent, even if their command was less than perfect.
    This early in the Grapefruit League season, it’s easy to over-analyse performance. However, in light of the fact that Spring Training started only 3 weeks ago, spotty control is to be expected. I wouldn’t be surprised to see their control be perfected within the next 10 days (2 starts) and their command to take shape shortly thereafter. Whichever displays the best command by April 1 will win the job.
    It’s far too early to worry!

  • CarlosCollazo

     @Big Bad Bob Agreed. I still hope Minor wins the job though.

  • Big Bad Bob

     @CarlosCollazo I was referring to one of them winning 5th starter job while Huddy is side-lined. After Huddy returns, I suspect that the trade season for Jurjjens will begin. If JJ is traded before July 31, the original winner of the “5th starter” job will return. IMO, of course.

  • CarlosCollazo

    @Big Bad Bob @CarlosCollazo

  • CarlosCollazo

    @Big Bad Bob either one would be good with me.

  • aryanspecial

    I think Minor’s spot is pretty secure in the rotation. He’s the only lefty in the rotation and has proven he can get the job done. We can only hope he continues to grow into that role.
    I give the edge to Delgado to fill in for Hudson while he rehabs, but Teheran’s time will come soon. I would like to see both pitchers get time in AAA this season, especially Teheran. It’s still great insurance, considering Hudson, Hanson, and Jurrgens are coming off of injuries. I’m not too worried about the early poor starts. I actually would still like to see us move Jurrgens for a right handed hitting outfielder/platoon guy. We have to think about life after Chipper and possibly Bourn.