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Jared Dettmann drafted by Atlanta Braves

Jared Dettmann is shown during his sectional tournament victory for the Somerset High School baseball team in 2011.

Somerset native Jared Dettmann was drafted by the Atlanta Braves on Saturday in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.

Dettmann said Monday that he and his parents are scheduled to meet with scouts from the Braves this week to begin contract negotiations.

Dettmann is coming off a spring season where he led the Century College baseball team to the Junior College World Series. They finished second at the national tournament. Dettmann was named NJCAA third team All-American for his performance this spring. Dettman was also named to the NJCAA All Region XIII Team. He finished the season with a 10-5 record, with two of his losses coming in the JUCO World Series.

Dettmann worked closely this spring with Century College pitching coach Randy Briesacher, who is also a scout for the Braves. Briesacher let Dettmann know that the Braves were interested and would likely be calling his name some time during the draft.

Dettmann said he started the spring by throwing in the 87-90 mile per hour range. He said at the JUCO World Series he was clocked consistently in the 90-93 mph range, topping out at 94 mph.

The Braves have a reputation for being one of the most pitcher-friendly organizations in Major League Baseball. They make a strong commitment to pitching each year. Of their 40 draft choices this week, 19 of them were pitchers.

"You have to feel honored to be introduced into a system like that," Dettmann said of the opportunity to pitch in the Braves' organization. "They've always had good pitching and good coaching."

Century College coach Dwight Kotila released a news release stating "Jared was one of the top left-handed pitchers in the nation this past year, and I couldn't be more happy for him. The Braves believe Jared has a chance to develop into a top pitching prospect in their organization, and I couldn't agree more."

In his two years since high school, Dettmann said he's worked hard at several aspects of his game. One of the biggest areas has been developing the ability to self correct flaws in his delivery on his own, instead of needing coaches to recognize when his mechanics have gotten out of line.

Through his career Dettmann has mainly relied on his fastball and changeup as his two main pitches. With the help of Briesacher, Dettmann added two pitches to his arsenal. The rangy left-hander now can throw a cutter and a curveball.

"The cutter has become a pretty solid pitch for me," he said.

Dettmann has been a starting pitcher throughout his baseball career. He said he'd like to continue being a starter if he signs a pro contract, but said he'll willingly do whatever the coaches think is best.

If Dettmann doesn't sign with the Braves, he has his plans charted for the future. He has accepted an offer to attend North Dakota State University and join the NDSU baseball team. For the summer, Dettmann has signed on to pitch with the Eau Claire Express of the Northwoods League.