Former Mercer Hurler Cory Gearrin Promoted to Atlanta Braves
MACON, Ga. – Former Mercer baseball pitcher Cory Gearrin has rejoined the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday afternoon, receiving the call-up from the Braves Triple-A Gwinnett affiliate.
Gearrin took the place of 2011 All-Star pitcher Jair Jurrjens, who was optioned down after struggling mightily at the start of the 2012 season.
Gearrin has been solid at the Triple-A level this season, pitching 12.1 scoreless innings in 10 appearances to go along with 15 strikeouts against just two walks on the season for the Gwinnett Braves
This will be Gearrin’s second career stint in the majors with Atlanta after making his big league debut with the club last season. As a rookie in 2011, Gearrin made 18 appearances out of the bullpen and compiled a 1-1 record with a 7.85 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched.
Gearrin left Mercer after being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the fourth round of the 2007 MLB Draft. The Chattanooga, Tenn. native recorded a 2.44 ERA and 13 saves that season, both of which still rank in the top-10 in Mercer single-season history.
Gearrin and the rest of the Atlanta Braves are in action on Friday evening when it hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field at 7:35 p.m.