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SP Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
Julio still down by the schoolyard
Teheran doesn't have many faithful supporters these days after failing to deliver on his prospect hype. After his first three starts in which he gave up at least four earned runs, his ERA sat at 7.31, and he'd walked seven in 16 innings. Since then, he's lowered his ERA to 3.67 and he's fanned 23 and walked only five in that span.
At only 22, he's still too young to give up on, although he clearly has more improvements to make. He's in the midst of a transformation, though, focusing more on location rather than strikeouts. His walks are down noticeably, and although his K/9 of 5.56 isn't special, it has room to improve if he continues along this path.
Of course, Teheran's surge has coincided with Brandon Beachy's rapid recovery from Tommy John surgery. Beachy has begun a minor league rehab assignment and could return to the rotation in a month or so. Continued success by Teheran could go a long way, though, especially since the Bravos will want to be cautious with Beachy initially.
OF Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics
The bearded fly-catcher went 1-for-3 in his first rehab outing with Single-A Stockton Monday, and barring a setback, he figures to rejoin the A's this weekend as they take on the Chicago White Sox.
The right wrist sprain he suffered April 7 after crashing into a wall never fully healed, and he landed on the DL May 8. He hit only .162 with no homers and 10 RBIs in those 22 games in between. It's probably safe to say his injured wrist was holding him back.
You won't have to worry if he'll be getting playing time; Oakland will return him to a starting outfield role. Low contact rates won't help his BA, but remember, he hit 32 home runs last year. That power is still there, when healthy. He has double-digit stolen-base speed, too. Those kinds of commodities aren't often available on the wire. Take advantage.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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