BravesCenter Exclusive: Braves Sign Jurich

The Atlanta Braves have signed Mark Jurich, a draft and follow prospect who was the Braves 13th round pick in the June 2003 draft. Atlanta also signed El Camino Community College First Baseman Larry Williams.

Jurich is a 5'11", 205 pound outfielder from the University of Louisville. He was a Conference UGA first teamer in 2004 after hitting .361 with 19 HR, 60 RBI, and a .718 slugging percentage in 54 games. Jurich led C-USA with 163 total bases. He also made only one error on the entire season. His 24 doubles this season is tied for 7th and his 19 HR is tied for 8th highest total in a single season in Louisville history.

The 23-year-old is a fixture in the offensive record book at Louisville for his career:
1st in Doubles: 58
4th in Home runs: 47
6th in Triples: 12
7th in RBI: 178
7th in Hits: 234
7th in At bats: 714
9th in Games Played: 193

Jurich missed a lot of the 2003 season after having surgery on his right hand, which was injured in the first game of the season. It caused his draft stock to fall and the Braves grabbed him in the 13th round. Baseball America rated him as the #11 senior prospect entering this season. Team One Baseball's Jeff Spelman predicted Jurich might have gone in the 2nd or 3rd round if he had re-entered the draft.

Jurich bats left and throws left. He is originally from Louisville and played at Ballard High School there. His father, Tom Jurich, is the Athletic Director at the University of Louisville.

This signing makes two productive Draft and Follow outfielders the Braves have signed as they prepare for the 2004 draft. Brandon Jones, a star outfielder for Tallahassee Community College, signed several weeks ago for a $225,000 bonus. Jones and Jurich will probably report to the Braves rookie league team in Danville, Virginia when their season starts in a few weeks.

Atlanta also signed El Camino Community College First Baseman Larry Williams. There is one more draft and follow player remaining for the Braves to sign before the deadline on Sunday: Indian River Community College pitcher Jonny Venters.

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