No. 27 John Curtiss, RHP, Rochester Red Wings
Nate’s Rank: 27, Gary’s Rank: 26
After taking a look at three young pitchers who are a few years away from major league possibilities, we now shift our attention to a player who has had a chance to pitch on the major league stage. Not only has John Curtiss had a chance to pitch in the majors, many fans are now waiting for him to get another chance with the Twins 2018 season a lost one.
At age 25, Curtiss continues to employ the sort of arsenal of pitches that make him a very intriguing bullpen arm. Curtiss has a mid-90s fastball which has been recorded as reaching as high as 98 mph. The right-hander will most likely become a two-pitch reliever relying on a breaking ball to keep batters off-balance. To get the most out of his breaking ball as pointed out Minor League Ball, Curtiss will vary the speed of his breaking ball between 79 and 87 mph.
As pointed out earlier, Curtiss has logged 9.1 innings in the major leagues. The results haven’t been good so far as he has allowed 11 earned runs in those innings, but does have a positive 10.6 K/9 over those 11 appearances. In Triple-A Curtiss has done very well for the Red Wings in 2018. He has appeared in 33 games, tossed 48.2 innings, holds a 2.77 ERA and a 10.2 K/9 with eight saves.
There doesn’t appear to be much more for Curtiss to prove in Triple-A and it will be good for him to continue and get looks in the majors to refine his approach. He could certainly develop into a late-inning bullpen option for the Twins down the road.