Mark Jurich inks deal with Braves

Mark Jurich signed a pro contract with the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday and will report to camp on June 9th.

LOUISVILLE, KY - University of Louisville senior outfielder Mark Jurich signed a pro contract today with the Atlanta Braves. Jurich will report to Orlando, Florida on June 9th before heading to Danville, Virginia where he will play for the Danville Braves of the Appalachian League(A).

Drafted last season in the 13th round by the Braves, Jurich had his rights retained by Atlanta as a fifth-year senior and had the option of signing, becoming a free-agent or resubmitting his name into the MLB Draft where he was expected to be tabbed in the top five rounds.

Baseball America placed him as the top prosect coming out of the state of Kentucky into the 2004 draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Jurich was named First Team All-Conference USA in 2002 and 2004 and hit .353 with 47 runs, 19 doubles, three triples, 19 home runs and 60 RBI in 56 games this season. He posted a .702 slugging percentage with 165 total bases and committed just a single error this year.

Jurich finished his career at Louisville ninth in games played (193), seventh in hits (234), seventh in at-bats (714), first in doubles (58), sixth in triples (12), fourth in home runs (47) and seventh in RBI (178). His 19 doubles this season is tied for seventh all-time and his 19 home runs is tied for the eighth highest total in a single season.

Following the 2002 season, Jurich played on the gold medal-winning USA Baseball National Team and was named third-team All-American by the NCBWA.

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