ATLANTA (Braves) – The Atlanta Braves selected Oklahoma State pitcher Jason Hursh with their first selection (31st overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.
Hursh, a 6-foot-1, 197-pound redshirt sophomore, garnered All-Big 12 Second Team honors after going 6-5 with a 2.79 ERA (33 ER/106.1 IP) in 16 starts in 2013. He ranked among Big 12 leaders in starts (T-1st), strikeouts (T-2nd, 86), complete games (T-2nd, three) and innings pitched (3rd, 106.1).
Hursh is the first collegiate right-handed pitcher drafted in the first round by the Braves since they took Joey Devine (North Carolina State) in 2005.
"We are excited to draft Jason and we're looking forward to adding him to our organization," said Tony DeMacio, the Braves' director of scouting. "We feel we chose a pitcher with a real power arm who has a lot of years and innings ahead of him."
A native of Carrollton, Texas, Hursh was named first-team all-state during his senior season at Trinity Christian High School, going 11-2 with a 2.47 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 70.0 innings pitched.
Hursh was drafted in the sixth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He missed the 2012 collegiate season while recovering from "Tommy John" surgery.
Atlanta later drafted catcher Victor Caratini in the second round with the 65th overall pick. The product of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and Miami-Dade Community College is the first catcher taken in the first two rounds by the Braves since Brian McCann was drafted from Duluth High School in 2002.
The 40-round First-Year Player draft will continue Friday (June 7) at 1:00 p.m. ET with rounds three through 10 and will conclude Saturday (June 8) at 1:00 p.m. ET with rounds 11 through 40. The Braves will select 27th in rounds three through 40.
Information provided by Atlanta Braves Media Relations.
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