After a dominating season in AAA (and a few starts at the Major League level), Julio Teheran has been named the Atlanta Braves Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
At just 20 years old, Teheran dominated International League hitters and posted a stellar 2.55 ERA in 24 starts (144.2 innings).
The highest ranked prospect of the Braves Four Horsemen of the Pitchpocolypse, Teheran has also made three starts in Atlanta and picked up his first win a week ago against the New York Mets.
He also was previously named the International League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Pitcher (becoming the first player since 2001 to win both in the same year) and lived up to his top prospect billing throughout the season.
Teheran was also the second consecutive Brave to win the Rookie of the Year award (as Freddie Freeman did so last year) at 20 years old.
While an expected face won the Braves Pitcher of the Year Award, not many would have pegged Joey Terdoslavich to pick up the organization’s Player of the Year Award.
The 22 year old first baseman, playing his first season for High-A Lynchburg, dominated in just his second year in the Braves organization.
Terdoslavich racked up an incredible 74 extra-base hits and broke a Caroline league record with 52 doubles in his first full professional season.
Overall he put up a .286/.341/.526 slash line and showed significant improvement in his power stroke (last year he slugged just .410 between two different levels).
While the Braves have a terrific farm system, the majority of that comes from high ceiling pitching prospects whom are on the cusp (or already in) the major leagues. Terdoslavich’s emergence hopefully gives them a solid hitting prospect to fall in behind the high-upside talents like Salcedo and Lipka.
While the Braves organization’s Minor League teams didn’t fare particularly well this season, the organization has one of the best farm systems in baseball and should continue to pump out major league talent in the near future.