The Braves used their first pick to take a BIG arm, Jason Hursh a 6’ 1”, 197 pound right hander from Carrolton, Texas out of Oklahoma State.. Hursh was ranked 50 on Baseball America’s latest list. He was drafted by the Pirates in 2010 but decided to go to college instead. He’s not the finished product that like Mark Appel and Jonathon Gray are but he does has some of the best raw stuff in the draft. he threw only 30 innings in 2011 and missed last season due to Tommy John Surgery. Surgery at such an early age raises question but he’s worked hard on conditioning and improving his delivery since he went under the knife He’s bounced back for the surgery he’s throwing as hard as ever reaching 103MPH last summer. Admittedly National Baseball Congress World Series gun is always .. well faster than the average gun but this college season saw him sitting mid-nineties and touching 98 on occasion. he has what pro call easy gas and late heavy life on a tailing fastball. Baseball American called it “…one of the most devastating pitches in the draft.” His secondary pitches are a work in progress but his slider is considered average and his changeup is “decent.” You can listen to MLB.com’s evaluation by clicking here.
Here’s a two minute feature on his recovery. It’s a PR piece for the scouts but it’s not bad.
There are questions about his ability to stick as a major league starter But that power arm and heavy tailing sinker/slider would come in real handy in the eighth or ninth innings if he can’t
That’s a Wrap
It was obvious from the picture of Frank Wren and crew in the draft room that they were happy with their choice. These draft picks are really down too the scouting guys with the GM acting as tie breaker if needed. One can argue that Ian Clarkin or Hunter Green might have more upside but once you get past the top 10 pitchers or so it’s really a matter if how your scouts feel about a player and how he fits your needs. Everyone needs pitcher who throws 95mph with heavy so I’ll be interested in how they try to shore up the holes in our every day player pool. That’s my take, what’s yours?