The Diamondbacks selected their third straight pitcher in the sixth round, this time going with a left-hander after taking two straight right-handers. They selected LHP Zac Curtis out of Middle Tennessee State.
Here is what prospectdigest.com had to say about Curtis:
“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)”
This is an interesting pick. He defiantly knows how to strikeout batters leading the nation for Division 1 last season in that category. He was the ace for Middle Tennessee State. Based on the scouting report, I defiantly think he is going to be a reliever.