Thursday was a red day for Julio Tehran.
The Staten Island FerryHawks of the Atlantic League announced the signing of 31-year-old Tehran on Thursday morning. That night, the former Detroit Tigers pitcher became the first starter in FerryHawks history.
After spending his first nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves and making two All-Star Game rosters during that streak, Tehran has sought a path back to success in recent seasons, including a stop in Detroit. In his first season away from Atlanta in 2020 with the Los Angeles Angels, he finished with a career-worst ERA of 10.05 in 31.1 innings.
Tehran managed to sign a $3 million contract with the Tigers in 2021, but was placed on the injured reserve on April 3 – the Tigers’ second game of the season – after a five-inning start thanks to a stretched At the shoulder. He will never return to the mound that season. In his lone start with Detroit, he allowed four hits and three walks while scoring three strikeouts as he cruised to victory in a 5-2 win over Cleveland.
Thursday night, Tehran’s first pitch in FerryHawks history ended in a strike. The right-hander ended up pitching four innings while allowing three hits, one earned run and one walk with four strikeouts. He was left with a no-decision effort in a 5-3 loss to the Charleston Dirty Birds.
Tehran became an MLB All-Star for the first time in 2014 with the Braves, his second full major league season after starting four games between 2011 and 2012. He finished the 2014 season with a 2.89 ERA, a WHIP of 1.081 and a career. -186 strikeouts in 221.0 innings. He finished the season with a 14-13 record in 33 starts. He was a star again in 2016 and finished that season with a 7-10 record, 3.21 ERA and a career-best 1.053 WHIP.