The Braves announced (via Twitter) that they have officially signed their first-round selection Jason Hursh this afternoon. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish was the first to report that an agreement was in place yesterday, adding that the Oklahoma State right-hander signed for the full slot value of $1,704,200. Hursh is advised by SFX.
Hursh was the No. 41 prospect in this year's draft according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo. Baseball America ranked him 46th, and ESPN's Keith Law ranked him 48th (ESPN Insider required). Mayo noted that Hursh, who had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and missed the 2012 season while recovering, features a 95 mph fastball that he commands well and uses to generate ground-balls. BA had his fastball from 92-98 mph with heavy life and late tail, calling it "one of the most devastating pitches in the draft."
With Hursh's agreement, 24 of the 33 first-round selections from this year's draft have agreed to terms or signed with their new team.