2013 MLB Draft results: RHP Jason Hursh selected by Braves with the No. 31 pick

Christian Petersen

The Atlanta Braves selected RHP Jason Hursh with the No. 31 overall pick of the 2013 MLB Draft. Hursh has a lot of tools, but he is also coming off Tommy John surgery.

The Atlanta Braves selected right-handed pitcher Jason Hursh with the No. 31 overall pick of the 2013 MLB Draft.

Hursh is a well-built, well-proportioned right-hander with a loose, athletic frame, listed at 6'1, 197 pounds, though he looks an inch or so taller than that on the mound. He has been clocked as high as 98 mph in summer ball. His fastball has unusually good action low in the strike zone, often tailing away from right-handed hitters and inside on lefties, though he'll try to work the outside corner against dangerous lefties at times.

Hursh is a Tommy John survivor and has reportedly made a strong effort to improve his mechanics. He has a live body, a live arm, and a very impressive fastball with big-league movement and velocity. His secondary pitches are erratic, but promising.

While Hursh needs to get more consistent, his basic mechanics are essentially sound. With proper development, Hursh could be a highly-impressive reliever at least, and possibly a mid-rotation starter if his secondary pitches max out.

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