Just in the odd case that you do not know, the Atlanta Braves are the most Tommy John Surgery-prone team in baseball over the last several decades. Seeing as that is the case, it should not have shocked anyone when they made college pitcher Jason Hursh their top 2013 MLB Draft pick. Hursh has already had the surgery so at least that part is out of the way.
In all seriousness, Hursh already having that popular elbow injury was a red flag for every team. The Braves just liked his stuff and his makeup well enough to take a chance on him. As a matter of fact they really didn’t see it as much of a risk or they wouldn’t have drafted him in one of the big money spots like the first round.
All Hursh has done between that draft pick and his current trip to 2014 Spring Training is be one of the best young prospects in the Braves organization. Having already pitched in college, he is older and more developed. That usually has a chance to put someone on the fast track through the organization if their stuff and their production warrant it.
Hursh put up a 0.67 ERA in 9 starts during his first professional season. That won him a first class invitation to Braves spring camp where he has the chance to put himself on the fast track for the majors. He has what it takes as long as he makes the most of this chance this spring. Look for him to have a great few weeks and start a season in Double-A that will probably end with him at least in Triple-A.