The International League announced end of year honors and All-Star selections Tuesday and Gwinnett pitcher Julio Teheran has been selected as both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Pitcher for the 2011 season.
Teheran will finish the year with the league lead in wins (he has 15 now and should make two more starts), is currently leading in both ERA by 0.33 (2.22) and opponent batting average (.227). He has exceeded the high expectations that awaited his arrival from Double-A Mississippi and has put together an outstanding rookie season at the Triple-A level. For the year, Teheran is 15-2 with a 2.22 ERA in 24 appearances and is second in WHIP (Walks + Hits/Innings Pitched). He has made two spot starts for Atlanta and is 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in his Major League career.
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Tehran is finishing the season strong after returning from his most recent spot start for Atlanta He has allowed 2 or fewer runs in his last four starts and is 3-0 in that span. In his last start, Teheran won his 15th game becoming the first Triple-A Brave to reach that total since 2002 when the team was located in Richmond, Virginia.
These awards add to the already impressive list of honors the 20-year old has earned. Coming into Teheran’s rookie Triple-A season, he had already been selected to two All-Star teams (Carolina Mid-Season and Baseball America Minor League All-Star), been named League Pitcher of the Week in two leagues (Carolina and Southern), was selected as a member of the 2010 Futures Game and the 2010 Phil Niekro Award winner as Atlanta’s top organizational pitcher.
This season has seen the Cartagena, Columbia native named IL Pitcher of the Week twice, selected to his second Futures Game as well as his third All-Star Game and now being recognized as IL Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Pitcher.
Tehran was signed by the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent in July 2007 and entered the 2010 season as the # 51 prospect as rated by Baseball America and jumped to # 5 entering this season. He finds himself the top pitching prospect in a Braves system that is pitching rich.
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The Rookie of the Year award goes to a G-Braves player for the second consecutive year, current Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman won the award last season. Freeman is now a strong candidate for the National League Rookie of the Year honor this season. Teheran is the first winner of the Most Valuable Pitcher award since the team moved to Gwinnett from Richmond three seasons ago. Overall, it is the seventh IL Rookie of the Year award and 5th IL Most Valuable Pitcher award for Braves Triple-A teams Richmond and Gwinnett combined.
International League News:
The IL announced Gwinnett’s own Mauro Gomez has been named Batter of the Week for the week ending August 28th while Columbus pitcher Paolo Espino received Pitcher of the Week honors.
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