Atlanta's rotation is about to be pretty crowded once Brandon Beachy returns. Julio Teheran's emergence may be surprising to some considering he posted an ERA over five in Triple-A last year. He was once a top prospect but what's led to his improvement in 2013 and what's his potential now? The MLB decided not to have an international draft but what could its impact have been if it was instated? The BioGenesis investigation is heating up so let's separate the facts from opinions and figure out where it may be headed.
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Julio Teheran: PITCHf/x Breakdown by Lee Trocinski | Beyond the Box Score
Brandon Beachy's going to finish his rehab sometime this month but the Atlanta rotation is pretty crowded thanks to the emergence of Julio Teheran. Last year, he spent the year in Triple-A, only averaging about five innings per start and posting a 5.08 ERA/4.83 FIP with a consistently decreasing strikeout rate. Lee looks at what Teheran has improved upon in 2013 and estimates his potential.
International Draft: An Interview With Ben Badler by Ken Woolums | Beyond the Box Score
MLB recently decided not to have an international draft, which could have a big impact on the flow of talent into the major leagues. Ken talks with Baseball America's Ben Badler about what this impact could be.
Around the Sabersphere
MLB and BioGenesis: A Primer by Wendy Thurm | FanGraphs Baseball
Wendy Thurm dives into the BioGenesis case, examining the CBA and sorts through all the facts surrounding the investigation. There's a lot of information in this article and it's a must read for anyone who wants to really understand the ongoing investigation and what the MLB and players will be able to do.
The Joey Votto Technicality by Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphs Baseball
Joey Votto is a perfectionist. Jeff Sullivan looks to see how close Votto has gotten to hitting an infield pop-up this year. It's an interesting article especially because it includes this GIF.
Around SB Nation
Gerrit Cole wins MLB debut by Spencer Schneier | SBNation.com
Many people were wondering if Gerrit Cole was ready for the MLB. The first overall pick of the 2011 draft, Cole only fanned two batters in his debut, giving up two earned runs but had immaculate command considering he threw 81 pitches with 59 of them being for strikes. Of the 27 batters he faced, 19 were greeted with a first pitch strike. Overall, it was an impressive win over the defending World Series champions.
Dodgers-Diamondbacks brawl: Benches clear in LA by Spencer Schneier | SBNation.com
Those Dodgers are pretty gritty, especially Zack Greinke. Prior to the brawl, Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy hit super-sensation Yasiel Puig in the nose, which led to Greinke throwing behind the back of Miguel Montero. When Greinke came up to bat, Kennedy apparently threw at his head, clearing the benches. Check out the article for a couple great GIFs.
Outside the Sabersphere
Rembert Explains America - Rembert Browne's road trip across the United States by Rembert Browne | Grantland
Rembert Browne writes some of my favorite pieces for Grantland. Now, he's going on a road trip across the nation and has opened an email account for local legends and sight seeing suggestions that may go overlooked. I'm about six months away from graduating college and have been daydreaming about a road trip for years now. Needless to say, I'm excited to read what Rembert experiences during his trek.