Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 6/19/13
ATLANTA -- For Jason Hursh, it was a whirlwind of a day. The Braves' top draft pick out of Oklahoma State flew into Atlanta on Wednesday morning. He signed his contract, and after getting a first-hand look at Turner Field and the current Braves -- he said he took his picture with outfielder Justin Upton -- will report to Single-A Rome on Thursday. "They don't waste any time," the hard-throwing, 6-foot-1, 197-pounder said. "I'm ready to get started though." Hursh signed for an on-slot bonus of 1,704,200 for the 31st overall pick in the draft. He was the Cowboys' leader in innings pitched (106 13) and strikeouts (86) in 2013, ending the year with a 2.79 ERA and 6-5 record and earned second-team All-Big 12 honors. Hursh sat out last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, an experience that he believes made him a better pitcher. "I think I just grew up, really, having Tommy John surgery," Hursh said. "Sat out the 2012 year and I just really worked hard. It was a second chance to come back and prove that I could still pitch and everything. It helped, sitting on the sideline kind of made me develop my mental game more. Just came back and have been better ever since. I guess it's kind of a blessing in disguise you could say." The right-hander, who has a fastball that has been clocked in the-midupper 90s, has been told he'll throw 20-30 innings in Rome over the remainder of the season. He took a couple of weeks off after the season.
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