BNS - Atlanta Braves: Top 10 Prospects for 2013


1) Julio Teheran, who was widely regarded as one of the top five prospects in the majors last year at this time and in 2011, slipped a bit after struggling to a 7-9 record, a 5.08 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP and a .289 opponent’s batting average at Triple-A Gwinnett. In 26 starts and 131 innings, he allowed 146 hits. Those numbers were significantly less impressive compared to 2011, when Teheran was 15-3 with a 2.55 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP while permitting just 123 hits in 144.2 innings. In seven games, including four starts, with the Braves over the last two seasons, he owns a 5.19 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. His ceiling remains high, though, because of three plus pitches (fast ball, curve ball, change-up). Teheran will be 22 on January 27, so he is still young and is gaining strength and Major League experience. He has a chance to eventually emerge as the ace of a deep and talented Braves rotation. As for 2013, Teheran will battle for a rotation spot in spring training.
Braves Prospects2)The 18-year-old Lucas Sims was Atlanta’s first round pick (21st overall) in 2012. Out of Snellville, Ga., the right-hander has an above-average fast ball and curve ball, and his change-up is still in development. Because he signed early, Sims gained experience in the Gulf Coast League (1.29 ERA and 0.43 WHIP with a .091 opponent’s batting average in three starts) and the Appalachian League (4.33 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with a .243 opponent’s batting average).
Braves Prosepcts3) Sean Gilmartin first round pick (28th overall) out of Florida State University in 2011, the 22-year-old Gilmartin is not flashy, yet the left-hander keeps hitters off-balance with a plus change-up and has strong command. He drew attention with a 3.54 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP while holding hitters to a .245 average in 20 starts and 119.1 innings at Double-A Mississippi in 2012. Gilmartin received a promotion to Triple-A Gwinnett and posted a 4.78 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP in seven starts. With further development in 2013, he could make his Major League debut if an injury arises in the Braves rotation

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