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MLB Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves Sign First Round MLB Draft Pick Jason Hursh

Mike Minor Atlanta Braves

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Hursh, former Oklahoma State pitcher and the 31st pick of the 2013 MLB Draft is now officially a member of the Atlanta Braves organization. They inked him to a deal worth $1.7 Million dollars. So not only is he playing baseball professionally but he is also officially rich. That’s good for him but what does his signing mean for the Braves organization?

There was a little controversy in this pick because Hursh has already had Tommy John surgery as a college player. That might scare some organizations away but not the Braves. They have the most cases of Tommy John surgery in the history of Major League Baseball. This way they don’t have to worry about him having the surgery in a few years. He already is passed that part.

I was just kidding a little on that. The truth of the matter is that Hursh learned quite a bit about being a pitcher during his injured season. He now is much more than just a hard throwing guy that burns the fastball in there to get guys out. Now he is much better at painting the corners and those abilities will help him get outs at the MLB level. A fastball won’t do it by itself.

All in all as Hursh reports soon to class A Rome to begin his career, he is excited to get moving. In all likelihood his innings will be limited because of the workload he carried this year in college but he will probably be a fast mover unless something unforeseen slows him down in the next year or two.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.