Randall Delgado made his major league debut Friday night against the Texas Rangers, and Fredi Gonzalez came away pretty impressed.
"He's solid. He's got a nice future ahead of him," Gonzalez said. "I like the arm, I like the command. I was so impressed with him. He threw the ball over the plate."
It was just a spot start, but it was a good way to see how he would handle the pressure of pitching at the big league level, much like Julio Teheran has done twice this year.
Delgado isn’t quite the prospect that Teheran is, but he has been very good in the minor leagues and has almost as bright a future as Teheran.
In his 90 minor league starts, Delgado has posted an ERA of 3.57 with 498 strikeouts in 472.2 innings pitched. This year, Delgado is 4-4 with 3.54 ERA.
In his four innings of work against the Rangers, Delgado seven hits, walked two, gave up a home run, and three earned runs overall. Like Teheran’s first two starts, it shows that he still has a good bit of work left ahead of him, but also enough to work with as he did strikeout a couple of batters.
Delgado sat around 92-93 with his fastball, showed a good upper-70s curve, and possesses a solid change-up that sits in the low-80s.
Delgado has the potential to be a number one starter, but should end up as a good number two or great number three pitcher in a rotation. His curveball profiles as a strikeout pitch once he fully progresses, and his fastball can touch 95 whenever he’s just trying to blow it by a batter.
Delgado also has a nice delivery and arm slot that doesn’t concern any scouts. I would say that he is a safer bet to be a solid major league pitcher than Teheran or Arodys Vizcaino, even if I think that they will both be very good pitchers themselves.
Vizcaino has had some injury problems and Teheran is a high-potential guy that should end up a solid major leaguer either way, I just think that Delgado is a safer bet at this point.
Either way, when you look at the Braves pitchers that they have for the future in Teheran, Delgado, Vizcaino, Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Tommy Hanson, Jair Jurrjens, and Kris Medlen, I think they will be able to find five that can give any other rotation a run for its money.