Jason Hursh

Position: RHP
Born: 10/2/1991
Height: 6'3
Weight: 200
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (#31 overall) of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ATL).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 38 games between Mississippi (Double-A) and Gwinnett (Triple-A), striking out 45 while walking 26 and allowing 48 hits in 64 innings, limiting batters to a .210 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Gwinnett August 12 along with the recall of RHP Akeel Morris when RHP Brandon Cunniff was sent down and RHP Roberto Hernandez was designated for assignment.
MLB Debut Date: 8/13/2016

Debut Details
August 13, in a 7-6 loss to the Nationals. The second of three pitchers, he allowed one run on three hits in one inning, striking out one and throwing one wild pitch. Coming on to start the sixth inning in relief of last week’s debutante, Rob Whalen, Hursh surrendered a full-count single to center field to the first big-league batter he faced, Jayson Werth. After striking out Brian Goodwin, Hursh threw a wild pitch that advanced Werth to second, allowing him to score on Danny Espinosa’s one-out single to right field. Espinosa moved to second on an infield single by Pedro Severino and both runners advanced a base on a ground out by pitcher Reynaldo Lopez, but Trea Turner’s ground out to second base ended the threat and the inning.

Player Notes
After undergoing Tommy John surgery as a sophomore at Oklahoma State, Hursh returned strong with his sinking fastball in the middle 90s, a changeup and curveball to show he was healthy in time for the 2013 draft. Initially he struggled in his early pro outings, giving up 151 hits in 148.1 IP while striking out just 83 in 27 games at Mississippi as a starter in 2014, and posting a 5.18 ERA in 34 games between Mississippi and Gwinnett in 2015. The decision was made (though it had been pondered since his signing) to move him from starter to reliever midway through the ’15 campaign, and the shift has clearly paid off, as his pre-debut numbers reflect. He has great makeup that should help boost him as a back end of the bullpen guy down the road.