Jason Hursh improving 'every day'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Braves starting pitcher prospect Jason Hursh is off to a fast start in his pro career. The 2013 first-round pick (31st overall) hasn't allowed a run in his first four starts (9 2/3 innings) for Class A Rome.
The right-hander has had some command issues, walking six batters, but he has managed eight strikeouts and allowed just three hits.
"He's going to be a good one. He has a good throw," Rome pitching coach Derrick Lewis said, per MLB.com. "The way he goes about his business is very professional. From when he came in on Day 1 and got his feet wet, he's got on with everybody well. He blends right in. He's a guy coming in with a lot of eyes on him because he's a first-round pick, but he is very competitive and wants to get better. He wants to improve every day. His goal is to get to the big leagues, but he wants to get better. You would like to see everybody have his type of mentality."
Hursh missed the 2012 season at Oklahoma State as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. However, he bounced back in 2013, going 6-5 with a 2.79 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 16 starts. He struck out 86 batters and walked 28 in 106 1/3 innings.