Teheran named Pitcher of the Week

Myrtle Beach, SC - From the Myrtle Beach Pelicans:

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – The Myrtle Beach Pelicans got a read on just how appreciated their resurgent pitching staff has been this season in the Carolina League when three of its members were named to the 2010 California-Carolina League All-Star Game at BB&T Coastal Field.

As the first half concluded, the Birds got another honor for one of their All-Stars when right-hander Julio Teheran was named the league's Pitcher of the Week for June 14-20.

Teheran's only start over the period of his award was merely the latest example of his pitching mastery in a season already full of it. Over seven shutout innings against Potomac on June 16, Teheran left Nationals hitters without any answers.

The right-hander whiffed 12 men while allowing just two hits and walking just a pair in his third victory of the season in a Pelicans uniform.  His tally of 12 strikeouts marks the second time this season that he has reached that mark, matching his Carolina League debut on May 19 against the Winston-Salem Dash, but doesn't even represent a season high.

That career highlight came on a 14,000 day against the Frederick Keys on May 31 in which Teheran did not walk a batter and scattered six hits over eight shutout innings in an eventual 4-3 win.

The 2010 season has been the stuff of legend so far for Teheran.  The right-hander joined the Pelicans in mid-May after an eye-opening stint to start the campaign at Class A Rome.

During his stay in the South Atlantic League, the top pitching prospect in the Atlanta Braves organization made seven starts and posted a 1.14 ERA, a .168 batting average against, and struck out 45 men against ten walks.

Since his promotion to Myrtle Beach earlier this season, the 19-year-old from Cartagena, Colombia has been even better.  His June 16 win over Potomac was his third in six starts and was his third scoreless start in the Carolina League.

Though opposing hitters are batting marginally better against him at the Advanced Class A level (.214), Teheran's command has been astounding.  He has struck out 49 batters against just seven walks in the Carolina League.  Teheran's 94 total strikeouts between Class A Rome and Myrtle Beach place him sixth among all Minor League Baseball pitchers.

This Carolina League Pitcher of the Week award is the third this season for a Pelicans arm.  Starter Randall Delgado earned the honor for the week of May 3-9, and fellow right-hander J.J. Hoover matched the feat for his efforts from May 24-30.

Not coincidentally, the trio will serve as Myrtle Beach's three representatives for the All-Star Game Tuesday night at BB&T Coastal Field.