JULIO Alberto (Pinto) TEHERAN
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Nickname:   JT Position:   RHP
Home: N/A Team:   BRAVES
Height: 6' 2" Bats:   R
Weight: 205 Throws:   R
DOB: 1/27/1991 Agent: Wasserman Media Group
Uniform #: 49  
Birth City: Cartegena, Colombia
Draft: July 2007 - Braves - Free agent
2008 APP DANVILLE   6 15 18 17 4 6 0 0 0 1 2   6.60
2009 SAL ROME   7 37.2 42 28 11 7 0 0 0 1 3   4.78
2009 APP DANVILLE   7 43.2 36 39 7 7 0 0 0 2 1   2.68
2010 SL MISSISSIPPI   7 40 29 38 17 7 0 0 0 3 2 0.195 3.38
2010 CAR MYRTLE BEACH   10 63.1 56 76 13 10 0 0 0 4 4 0.228 2.98
2010 SAL ROME   7 39.1 23 45 10 7 0 0 0 2 2 0.163 1.14
2011 IL GWINNETT   25 144.2 123 122 48 24 0 0 0 15 3 0.221 2.55
2011 NL BRAVES   5 19.2 21 10 8 3 0 0 0 1 1 0.276 5.03
2012 NL BRAVES   2 6.1 5 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.217 5.68
2012 IL GWINNETT   26 131 146 97 43 26 1 0 0 7 9   5.08
2013 NL BRAVES $490.00 30 185.2 173 170 45 30 0 0 0 14 8 0.246 3.20
2014 NL BRAVES $967.00 33 221 188 186 51 33 4 2 0 14 13 0.232 2.89
2015 NL BRAVES $1,167.00 33 200.2 189 171 73 33 0 0 0 11 8 0.253 4.04
2016 NL BRAVES $3,300.00 30 188 157 167 41 30 1 1 0 7 10 0.223 3.21
2016 IL GWINNETT   1 5 3 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1   1.80
2017 NL BRAVES $6,467.00 32 188.1 186 151 72 32 0 0 0 11 13 0.257 4.49
  • For 12 years the Teherans lived in Olaya, a neighborhood in Cartagena, a city on Colombia's Caribbean coast better known for its picturesque colonial quarter than for the open sewers, gun-shot victims, unpaved streets, and poor neighborhoods.

    "There's a lot of poverty and a dicey scene, Julio's father, Julio Sr. said. "People drink a lot of rum and party a lot. It's dangerous."

    During that 12 years, 10 family members, including young Julio, shared a run-down, one-story home owned by Zavalza, Julio's maternal grandmother. They had a single toilet located in a muddy backyard. The family ran a small store out of one of their rooms. When Julio's father was laid off from his security guard job a couple of years back, the family had to get by on the store's meager profits and the father's random shifts at a local fast food restaurant.

    Grandmother Zavalza prayed for Julio, and now says, "I did my part by seeking the Lord's help. I would say, 'Lord, I place my grandson in your hands. You know that he is this famly's hope for getting us out of hardship.'"  (Jose Orozco-ChopTalk-December, 2007)

  • Teheran signed with the Braves organization at age 16 for $850,000 on July 2, 2007. His  parents said the family decided to go with Atlanta because of the comfort level they felt in working with Johnny Almaraz, the Braves' director of Latin America operations.

    Almaraz began following Teheran around the time he was hired by the Braves in December 2006. Over the winter, the 16-year-old righthander from Colombia received considerable attention in the Caribbean Series in Puerto Rico.

    Julio turned down higher offers from other teams, most notably the Yankees, to sign with the Braves for $850,000, via scouts Miguel Teheran (Julio's cousin) and Carlos Garcia.

    Yes, Julio's cousin, Miguel, is one of the scouts who signed him for the Braves. And that contributed to Teheran's decision to turn down a higher off from the Yankees.

  • In 2008, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Teheran as 8th-best prospect in the Braves' organization. They moved Julio up to #3 in the winter before 2010 spring camp opened.

    In 2011, they moved him up to #1 prospect in the Braves' farm system. And he stayed there in the springs of 2012 and 2013. So he was the Braves #1 prospect three years in a row.

  • Teheran has outstanding makeup. He has an impeccable work ethic and keen determination.
  • In 2009, Julio was rated as #1 prospect in the Appalachian League, by Baseball America.
  • In 2010, Teheran was their pick for #1 prospect in the Carolina League.
  • In 2011, the Braves named Teheran their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He was the youngest player in Triple-A on Opening Day and then ran away with the International League leadership in wins (15) and finished runner-up in ERA (2.55).

  • In 2016, Teheran joined Phil Niekro, Rick Mahler, Greg Maddux and Derek Lowe as the only pitchers in Atlanta history who have made three consecutive Opening Day starts. But Julio stands as the only member of this group to do so before the age of 30.  (Bowman - MLB.com - 3/31/16)

  • December 2016: Teheran committed to play for Columbia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.


  • July 2007: The Braves signed Julio as a free agent, out of Columbia.

  • February 14, 2014: The Braves and Julio agreed to terms on a six-year contract, through the 2019 season. The deal includes an option for 2020.
  • Teheran has a lively-moving 90-95 mph four-seam FASTBALL that he places on both sides of the plate. He has an 89-93 mph two-seamer with a sharp sink. His 81-84 mph SLIDER is very goo. He has a fair 72-76  mph biting, downer 72-75 mph CURVEBALL with above average depth and rotation, and excellent feel for his devastating 80-84 mph sinking and tailing CHANGEUP.

    Julio has good arm-side run on his heater and maintains his velocity late into games. And his change grades out at 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. That changeup has screwball-like movement and fading action.

  • 2016 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 46.4% of the time; Sinker 9.5% of the time; Change 8.5%; Slider 26.4%; and used his Curve 9.2%, of the time.

    2017 Season Pitch Usage: 4-seam Fastball: 42.8% of the time; Sinker 21.6% of the time; Change 7.7%; Slider 19.2%; and used his Curve 8.8%, of the time.

  • The ball comes out of Teheran's hand very easily. He has a loose right arm. His arm action has been smoothed out when the Braves reduced the bend on his back leg during his windup. He had been turning and coiling his body to generate more momentum toward the plate, placing additional strain on his right knee and elbow.

    Atlanta worked with Teheran on keeping his back leg straighter in order to create a better center of balance, particularly in his core.

    Julio repeats his three-quarters arm slot and arm speed. And he has very good mound presence.

  • Teheran is very coachable. And he has good mound presence and excellent poise: confident and composed. And he knows how to pitch, working both sides of the plate and the top and bottom of the strike zone. He keeps the ball on the hitter's knees most of the time, occasionally moving it around to change their eye level.

    He has a very good feel for all three of his pitches. And he knows how to exploit a batter's weaknesses. He commands his fastball on both sides of the plate.

  • His confidence on the mound borders on cockiness. The most impressive aspect of Teheran's game is his ability to set up hitters and force them to swing at his pitches. He mixes his pitches very well and throws quality strikes.

    His makeup and poise on the mound are impressive. He has terrifice mound presence and is a solid competitor.

  • Teheran has excellent instincts and maturity beyond his years. He makes getting hitters out look easy because he now knows how to set up hitters.
  • Comments on his improvement coming into 2013 season: The sinking two-seam fastball appears to be the most influential addition to the enhanced arsenal utilized by Teheran, who had little more than a four-seam fastball to rely on during spring training in 2012.

    He pitched with his [four-seam] fastball and occasionally had a good curveball. Now he's got the two fastballs—the two-seamer and the four-seamer. He's got the curveball. The changeup is in there, and his slider is working well. (March 2013)

  • 2013 improvements in Teheran's changeup: He credited his improved ability to command the pitch on the decision to go back to the grip he utilized during his early Minor League days, when his changeup helped establish him as one of the game's top pitching prospects.

    "I think the one thing Major League hitting coaches can't do with a Major League hitter or any hitter is take him down in the cages and say we're going to work on hitting a changeup today," Braves bench coach Carlos Tosca said. "It's such a key pitch for a starting pitcher. It allows you to get to your other pitches. It allows you to keep them off-balance."

  • At the beginning of the 2013 season, Julio Teheran focused on honing his slider into a Major League-quality pitch, a process which culminated in his dominant June 5 start against the Pirates, when he leaned heavily on the pitch while striking out 11 batters and allowing just one hit over eight innings.

    After taking a backseat early in 2013, Teheran's curveball has been the most effective complement to his mid-90s fastball since midway through the season, thanks in part to the evolution of that slider earlier in the season.

    "At the beginning, [my curveball] was good, but I didn't use it as much because I was using more of my slider," Teheran said. "Now I feel like I can throw any count, because my slider made my curveball better."

  • Late in 2013: "Julio's been a prospect for his whole career in the Minor Leagues," reliever and Braves teammate Luis Avilan said. "He looks different (in 2013). He finally looks like he understands he's pitching in the big leagues, and he knows what you have to do in each game."

    Avilan has known Teheran since 2007, when the pitchers grew close as teenagers playing for the Braves' Dominican Summer League team. From there, they rose through the organization on nearly parallel paths—Teheran would advance a level, then Avilan would rejoin him a few weeks or months afterward, or vice versa.

    "He looks so mature now," Avilan said. "He was kind of shy in the beginning of the season, and then after the first couple of months, he's acting like a veteran now. He's been pitching really well. He looks like he trusts in his pitches, and he's making really good pitches."

    The refrain of Teheran's first full season (in 2013) has been his growing self-confidence as he has stumped some of the best hitters in the game with a range of pitches that, in an unnerving proposition for the rest of the league, can still be refined. Only this year has Teheran used his two-seam fastball and slider with regularity, helped along by veteran catcher Gerald Laird, who caught Teheran nearly exclusively during Spring Training and the first two months of the season. In that time, both pitches have developed into impressive offerings.

    "I think when young guys tend to get in trouble, they try to overthrow fastballs, and in this league, you can't throw things by guys, you've got a lot of good hitters," Laird said. "I think now he's become more of a pitcher, and [he's] relying on his secondary stuff to get out of jams, and the main thing is just staying calm out there. You'd see some times when he got in trouble earlier in the year, you could see him rushing and trying to do too much. Now he just kind of takes that deep breath and lets the game come to him and just tries to make a pitch."

    Teheran has referenced the effects of that newfound confidence in nearly every postgame interview, whether the topic has been honing his slider, sharpening his command or navigating a treacherous lineup.

    "He's a confident guy out there, and I think that's the way you have to be," outfielder Joey Terdoslavich said. "You can just tell when he's going out there to pitch that he's going to be successful. He's just a confident guy, and obviously he has a reason to be." (Single - mlb.com - 9/05/13)

  • Teheran started the 2018 season with a 58-53 career record and a 3.59 ERA, having allowed 919 hits, and 128 home runs in 1,009 innings.
  • After seeing their players victimized by Julio's effective pickoff move, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and A's manager Bob Melvin both suggested that Teheran balks with his move to first base.

    As all of the great pickoff artists of the past will attest, this is an accusation Teheran will hear numerous times if he continues to be as successful as he has in the pickoff department.

    Then-Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez says Teheran has "maybe the best [pickoff move] I've ever seen for a righthander. He's got quick feet and he's got a short throw. Some guys have quick feet and it takes them a long time to get the ball to first base. But that's not the case with him. He has both quick feet and a short arm."

    After recording eight successful pickoff attempts last season, Teheran has found opposing baserunners being more cautious with him in 2014. He notched just two pickoffs through his first 24 starts of the season. But he nabbed two Dodgers, Carl Crawford and Yasiel Puig, one day and then nailed A's outfielder Josh Reddick six days later.

    "That was a balk," Melvin said after the game. "That's a balk. Buckle your knees, it's a balk."

    Teheran has recorded 13 pickoffs since the start of the 2013 season. No other righthanded pitcher has recorded more than six.

    "I know that I have quick feet," Teheran said. "Sometimes, I feel I don't need it. But when I see them getting a big lead, that's when I try to make my best move."  (Bowman - mlb.com - 8/17/14
  • In 2014, Teheran's pickoff was rated second-best in the NL, according to a survey of NL managers by Baseball America.

    Julio's pickoff move was ranked as best in the NL in BA's 2017 poll.

    Julio has such incredibly fast feet, obvious when he makes a pickoff move to second base. His ability to hold runners so close, or even pick them off, notably lowers Teheran's ERA.
Career Injury Report
  • June 23-August 2, 2008: Teheran was sidelined with tendinitis in his right shoulder that limited him to only six games and 15 innings for the season.

  • August 2-19, 2016: Julio was on the DL with a right lat strain.