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Former Florida baseball P Hurston Waldrep to make big-league debut for Braves

A year ago at this time, former Florida baseball pitcher Hurston Waldrep was hurling the Gators into the College World Series in a Super Regional win over South Carolina.

On Sunday, Waldrep will make his big-league debut for the Atlanta Braves against the Washington Nationals.

It's been a fast rise through the Braves system for Waldrep, who was drafted with the 24th overall pick in the first round of the 2023 MLB Draft by Atlanta last July. In his first half-season of pro ball, Waldrep, a Thomasville, Ga. native, advanced all the way from Single-A to Triple-A and finished with a 1.