Atlanta Braves Prospect Julio Teheran Earns Top International League Honors

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 18: Starting pitcher Julio Teheran #43 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 18, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Braves top prospect, Julio Teheran, has been named the International League's Most Valuable Pitcher and Rookie of the Year. This is the second year in a row a Braves player has won the IL ROY, with Freddie Freeman earning the award last year. Here is the writeup from the league's official release:

Little more than three years after making his professional debut, Julio Teheran is the International League Most Valuable Pitcher and Rookie of the Year. Teheran has lived up to his billing as the top prospect in the Braves organization by leading the IL with 15 victories, an .882 winning percentage, a 2.22 ERA, and a .227 opponents batting average. He is also 2nd in the League with a 1.13 WHIP. Teheran allowed one earned run or less in 15 of his 23 starts. He is a sparkling 8-0 with a 1.34 ERA on the road this season. Teheran's most dominant month was June, during which he went 5-0 in six starts with a 1.10 ERA, surrendering a mere 24 hits in 41.0 innings and earning honors as the Topps International League Player of the Month. In July the Colombian native made a trip to Phoenix where he was the starting pitcher for the World Team at the MLB Futures Game. Before Teheran, the last Braves farmhand to be named IL Most Valuable Pitcher was Brad Woodall in 1994. Teheran is the second consecutive member of the Gwinnett Braves to win IL Rookie of the Year honors, following current Atlanta star Freddie Freeman. Rochester was the last team to boast back-to-back Rookies of the Year, doing so in 2004 and 2005 with Jason Kubel and Francisco Liriano. The most recent International League player to win Most Valuable Pitcher and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season was Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's Brandon Duckworth in 2001.

Prepare thyself, as this will not be then end of the awards, either this year or next year, for Julio. The money quote from the paragraph above: "Teheran allowed one earned run or less in 15 of his 23 starts." DOMINANT!

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