Braves Prospects: 2023 first-round pick Hurston Waldrep promoted to Double-A

The Atlanta Braves 2nd ranked prospect is making a quick ascension through the minor league system. Waldrep’s next stop, Double-A Mississippi.

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The Atlanta Braves are quickly earning a reputation for being aggressive with the promotions of their high-upside prospects. Atlanta’s 2023 first-round pick is no exception.

Today it was announced that Hurston Waldrep has earned his second promotion as a pro since being drafted 24th overall in this past July’s MLB draft. Waldrep made just three starts with High-A Rome, pitching 12 innings, while allowing just four hits, one earned run, and striking out 17 batters.

Waldrep headlines a few roster moves for the Mississippi Braves. The Braves second ranked prospect has been a strikeout machine since debuting and his splitter is getting rave reviews from many throughout the organization.

His last start for the Rome Braves may have been his most impressive yet. In that outing Waldrep went 4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, and 10 Ks. Thus lowering his ERA to 0.75 and earning another promotion from the Braves.

Just one short month ago I wrote about three Braves prospects who should NOT get a September call-up with Waldrep among those listed. Well, Darius Vines has already made me eat my words in that article, and quite honestly I’m here for Waldrep doing the same thing.

As risky as it may be to get Waldrep up in the same year he was drafted, it is not unheard of. Just a couple weeks ago the Los Angeles Angels called up their 2023 first-round pick, Nolan Schanuel only six weeks after he was drafted. Albeit this move was from a team in hardcore desperation mode.

The Braves differ from that obviously, but if the higher-ups think Waldrep is ready to get big league hitters out they will not hesitate. My concern really boiled down to the amount of innings he threw at Florida this season. That said we know the Braves will always look out for player health first and foremost.