The Braves believe Jair Jurrjens took a good first step in his first start for Triple-A Gwinnett Sunday when he pitched seven innings in Toledo, allowing one earned run on four hits, three walks and four strikeouts.
Jurrjens threw 93 pitches, 54 for strikes. The velocity on his fastball topped out at 90 mph, but assistant general manager Bruce Manno said it’s not simply velocity that he should be concerned about, rather the action on his slider and change-up.
“Sometimes there is a little bit of a change when there’s a decrease in velocity,” said Manno, who is the Braves director of player development. “Sometimes your other pitches may not seem as crisp or as sharp. They might not have the same action to them… It’s not so much the velocity as it is how it affects the other stuff. That’s what he’s got to work on.”
Manno said it was a positive outing for Jurrjens, who was optioned to try to regain his form after starting 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in his first four starts.
“His innings in the game, the way he controlled the game, the quality of his pitches in some areas – all that was positive,” Manno said.