Atkins was 3-2 with a 3.97 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 43.0 innings pitched in seven games started for the Patriots this season.
He will report to the Braves’ Double-A team in Mississippi.
Before joining the Patriots this season, Atkins had Major League experience with the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles during the 2009-2011 seasons, where he appeared in ten games over that time.
In addition to his Major League time, Atkins also has five seasons of Triple-A experience for both organizations, as well as the Washington Nationals.
He spent last season at Syracuse, the Triple-A level for the Nationals, and finished with a 6-9 record, a 4.87 ERA, and 91 strikeouts in 118.1 innings pitched in 28 games.
Coming into this season, Atkins had a minor league career 70-61 record, a 4.44 ERA, and 845 strikeouts in 1,048 innings pitched in 211 games, 185 of them as a starter.
Atkins is the third Somerset Patriots player this season to sign with a Major League organization, joining Mike Wilson (San Diego-AAA) and Erik Arnesen (Oakland- AA).
The 2013 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, June 7th when the Patriots take on the Sugar Land Skeeters at TD Bank Ballpark for a 7:05 pm game. For more information, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.