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Atlanta Braves make decision on Hurston Waldrep’s future after two MLB starts

Former Florida standout Hurston Waldrep became the 85th former Gators standout to reach the major leagues a few weeks ago, but his stay in Major League Baseball was short-lived.

Waldrep has been sent back to Triple-A by Atlanta, according to a report from Braves beat writer for MLB.com Mark Bowman.

The call-up didn’t go particularly well for Hurston Waldrep, who was hit pretty hard in his two starts in the major leagues.

Waldrep gave up 13 earned runs in just 7.0 total innings of work, allowing nine hits in the process. He struck out just three batters while walking eight, with command being a major issue.

Making matters worse, Waldrep gave up a grand slam in his last outing against Tampa Bay, with Ben Rortvedt putting him away and ultimately chasing Waldrep from his second start… and then the majors.

Hurston Waldrep was drafted fairly quickly after coming out of Florida following the 2023 season.

He played for four different minor league teams, with his most extensive action coming in Double-A ball. In Double-A, he went 3-4 with a 2.92 ERA, starting nine games. He pitched 49.1 innings and gave up 16 earned runs on 52 hits, but struck out 48 and walked only 17.

That earned him a brief stint in Triple-A before being called up by the Atlanta Braves.

In Florida, Waldrep was one of many stars on the mound. He is the program’s all-time record holder in strikes per nine innings, with 13.81. He was the 24th overall draft pick of the Atlanta Braves.

Waldrep was a second-team All-American as a junior in 2023 when Florida reached the College World Series championship series.

As a junior, Hurston Waldrep went 10-3 with a 4.16 ERA in 19 weekend starts. Opponents only had a .228 batting average against him.