Cory Gearrin Called Up To Atlanta, Jair Jurrjens Sent Down To Gwinnett

(Photo courtesy of Kyle Hess)

Many people assumed that Cory Gearrin would eventually get the call to the big leagues and the Atlanta Braves. However, nobody assumed it would be for the demotion of Jair Jurrjens to Triple-A Gwinnett. Needless to say, this was the Atlanta Braves most recent transaction.

This season, Cory Gearrin has made huge strides in his development toward becoming a Major League pitcher. Currently, the right-hander is 1-0 and possesses a 0.00 ERA in 12.1 innings of work in Triple-A. Gearrin has recorded two saves and struck out 15 hitters, while walking just two this season. He has been used predominantly in the closer or set-up role for the G-Braves. More than likely, he will be used for middle relief for Atlanta until his role becomes more apparent.

Jair Jurrjens (0-2) on the other hand has not had as much success as Gearrin early-on this season. The righty presently owns a 9.37 ERA, alongside allowing 30 hits through 16.1 innings pitched this year. Jurrjens has allowed 17 earned runs and five home runs, while he has struck out eight batters and walked 10 so far.

Cory Gearrin was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB Draft. He has worked himself up through the levels of the Braves organization, as he started in Danville with the Rookie-Braves in 2007. He then split time between Rome and Myrtle Beach in 2008 before spending most of the 2009 season with Double-A Mississippi. The right-handed reliever spent a majority of the past two years with the Gwinnett Braves in Triple-A.

Last season, Gearrin was called up to Atlanta where he appeared in 18 games for the Braves. In 18.1 innings of relief, the righty allowed 16 earned runs off 17 hits. He did strikeout an impressive 25 hitters, while walking 12 in his short-stay with the big club. This trip, the Braves No. 12 ranked RHP prospect is prepared to stick around. However, it is Gearrin’s job to adjust on the fly. He will be prepared to do whatever the Braves ask of him.

By: Tony Piraro

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