Braves sign first-round pick outfielder Braxton Davidson

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Via beat writer David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Davidson was the 32nd overall selection in this month’s MLB Amateur Draft out of T.C. Roberson high school in Asheville, North Carolina. Listed at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, he’s a powerful corner outfield prospect with a big arm and sturdy frame. The 18-year-old will likely begin his professional career in rookie ball later this month.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.