Braves' 2022 first-rounder having Tommy John surgery

Wed May 24 11:31am ET
Field Level Media

Atlanta Braves pitching prospect JR Ritchie will have Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Baseball America reported.

The 19-year-old right-hander has a "moderate grade two" UCL tear in his right elbow, per the report.

The Braves drafted Ritchie with a supplemental pick (35th overall) in the first round of the 2022 MLB draft.

The Seattle-area native made four starts at Class A Augusta this season, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. He struck out 25 and walked three in 13 1/3 innings.

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