The Detroit Tigers have added another veteran starting pitcher to their non-roster invitees’ list as Spring Training kicks off. The latest to be added into the mix was starting pitcher Julio Teheran who was given a one-year non-guaranteed contract worth $3 million.
This deal has him as a non-roster invite who will compete to be a player in the rotation. The Tigers have also recently extended a non-roster invite with right-handed pitcher WIly Peralta who likely will add depth in the minor leagues with the Toledo Mud Hens.
Teheran is a 30-year old right-handed pitcher who has been in the big leagues for ten years now. He spent the 2020 season with the Los Angeles Angels after nine years in an Atlanta Braves uniform.
His 2020 season was not an ideal one from a statistical standpoint, but he is on a prove-me contract for the upcoming 2021 season, where he can try and earn his spot in the Tigers rotation. Teheran also has a reason to do so with his contract, including one million in incentives.
As 2021 Spring Training starts up, the Detroit Tigers will let Julio Teheran earn his role in the starting rotation.
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During the 2020 season, Teheran pitched in ten games, making nine starts, totaling 31.1 innings pitched.
Teheran posted a 10.05 ERA with a 1.76 WHIP with twenty punchouts. His stats are not the most exciting, but there is some hope for him in 2021.
The Tigers are hoping that Teheran can settle in and possibly earn a spot in the rotation. However, at the same time, the thought would be that the Tigers can continue to infuse a youth movement into their starting rotation with Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal.
However, bringing Teheran into the Tigers organization might breed some interesting competition which may not be the worst thing.
During Spring Training adding a crop of starting pitching might not be the worst thing to do.
That competition could bring some new faces into the Tigers pitching staff. When it comes to Teheran, it is just another way the Tigers are trying out some veteran arms to see if they can piece together a deep pitching staff.
As Spring Training continues, keep an eye on Teheran as he is looking to impact the pitching staff. After a terrifying stat line in 2020, Teheran has something to prove, but as mentioned earlier, he has incentives included with his contract.
Watch out for Julio Teheran at Detroit Tigers 2021 Spring Training to see if he can crack a spot in the rotation.