The Atlanta Braves selected right-handed pitcher Jason Hursh, from Oklahoma State University, with their first pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. He was the 31st pick overall and the first pick of the compensatory round.
Hursh is known for having a power arm with a fastball that averages in the mid-90s but has been known to reach triple digits. The main concerns surrounding him are his lack of a solid secondary pick, and the fact that he already had Tommy John surgery in 2012, causing him to redshirt that season.
As a redshirt sophomore, Hursh went 6-5 with a 2.79 ERA in 16 starts with OSU. He threw three complete games and struck out 86 in 106 1/3 innings, walking 28.
Hursh stands 6'1" and weighs 197 pounds. He was previously drafted in the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010.
The Braves lost their first round pick after signing B.J. Upton when he was given a qualifying offer by the Tampa Bay Rays, but got the compensatory pick when the Cleveland Indians signed Michael Bourn.Tags: 2013 First-Year Player Draft, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, draft, MLB, Oklahoma State University