Note: For additional draft profiles click here
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.