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Atlanta Braves Call Up Top Prospect, to Debut vs. Nationals

The Atlanta Braves' pursuit of a fifth starter has added a new - and exciting - piece.

The Braves called up right-handed pitcher Hurston Waldrep on Saturday, the team announced. Waldrep is rated as Atlanta's No. 2 prospect by MLB.Com, trailing only A.J. Smith-Shawver, and is the No. 72 overall prospect league-wide.

Waldrep, 22, will make his MLB debut Sunday, when the Braves take on the Washington Nationals at 1:35 p.m. EDT inside Nationals Park. Waldrep has already arrived in Washington D.C. and spoke with reporters Saturday afternoon.

Drafted No. 24 overall by Atlanta in 2023, Waldrep has enjoyed a quick rise through the ranks.