Hursh was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The right-hander was in the conversation for a bullpen role with the big league club, but after giving up four runs on six hits across just three innings, the Braves decided to pull the plug on his chances for now. However, Hursh's strong 2016 campaign between Double-A and Triple-A suggests that he could find his way back to the majors sometime later this season.
Hursh will compete for a spot in the Braves' bullpen this spring. The 2013 first-round pick made an inauspicious major league debut in 2016, but Hursh's numbers in the high minors suggest he could have a future as a long man down the road, although one with a low fantasy ceiling due to his reliance on ground balls rather than strikeouts. The 25-year-old may be a long shot to break camp with the Braves, but a quick start for Triple-A Gwinnett could earn him another call up.
Hursh was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Hursh has thrown just seven innings with Triple-A Gwinnett this season, however, all of said innings have been scoreless. Before heading up to Gwinnett, Hursh had been at Double-A Mississippi, where he posted a 2.05 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over 57 innings of action. However, a subpar walk rate of 11 percent gives the 24-year-old plenty of room for improvement.
Hursh will be called up by the Braves on Friday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. On the season, Hursh has a combined 1.83 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 64 relief innings between Double-A and Triple-A. The 24-year-old will join the Braves bullpen that has been decimated by injuries and should make his major league debut at some point in the upcoming series against the Nationals.
The Braves have invited 22 non-roster players to participate in major-league spring training, highlighted by pitcher Jason Hursh and infielder Tommy La Stella, MLB.com reports. The Braves' other invitees include pitchers Lay Batista, J.R. Graham, Mark Lamm, Cody Martin, Yunesky Maya, Daniel Rodriguez, Gus Schlosser, Atahualpa Severino, Shae Simmons and Ian Thomas; catchers Matt Kennelly, Steven Lerud, Braeden Schlehuber and Jose Yepez; outfielder Matt Lipka; and infielders Mat Gamel, Phil Gosselin, Tyler Greene, Mark Hamilton and Edward Salcedo. The Braves' first-round pick in the 2013 amateur draft, Hursh allowed two earned runs in 27 innings while striking out 15 and walking 10 at Class A Rome in his first season with the organization. La Stella, who could compete for a starting role at second base, hit .343/.422/.473 with four home runs, 41 RBI and seven stolen bases in 283 at-bats with Double-A Mississippi last season.