2014 Draft Profile: Zac Curtis

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School: Middle Tennessee State; Class: Senior

Position: LHP; B/T: L/L

Height: 5-9; Weight: 171 pounds

Previously Drafted: N/A

 

Background: A giant among boys in the world of strikeouts, Curtis’ size – 5-foot-9 and 171 pounds – belies his production. After transferring to Middle Tennessee State following his time at Volunteer State Community College, the little left-hander struck out 74 and walking 31 in 80.1 innings during his debut in Division I baseball last season.

Through his first 107.0 innings this season, Curtis has fanned a NCAA-leading 130 while walking just 28 for the Blue Raiders.

 

Projection: There’s going to be a lot of temptation – and rightly so – to push the small southpaw immediately into the bullpen because of concerns about his small frame and the ability to hold up over the course of a full season. Above-average or better ability to miss bats, good control, a lively left arm.

At the very least, Curtis looks like another Tim Collins-clone.

 

Ceiling: 2.0- to 2.5-win player (starter); 1.0- to 1.5-win player (reliever)

Floor: 0.5- to 1.0-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low (starter); Above-Average (reliever)

Draft Projection: Third Round

 

Photo Courtesy of tennessean.com.

 



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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.