Braves Sign 16-Year-Old Pitcher


ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have signed a 16-year-old pitcher from Colombia who was rated as the top available international free agent.

Baseball America ranks right-hander Julio Teheran, who signed with the Braves yesterday, as the top international free agent.

Teheran (6-2) throws a fastball timed at 90 to 93 miles per hour, but some scouts say his best pitch is his changeup.

Johnny Almaraz, the Braves' director of Latin American operations, says Teheran is a “very significant signing for us.''

Almaraz says Teheran has “outstanding makeup and the combination of his pitching ability and the quality of his pitches made him one of the top pitching prospects we’ve seen in a while.''

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