Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I'll have the Curry, Matt Curry That Is

When the Pirates drafted 1B Matt Curry out of TCU in the 16th round of the 2010 draft the consensus was that he was an organizational type. And why not, afterall he was a College Senior, drafted in the 16th and signed to slot.

There is more to him than that though.

The Pirates first drafted Curry during the 2008 draft with their 37th round pick. This Front Office obviously liked him them, and by drafting him again they proved that they still liked him and obviously thought there was more than an organizational player there.

While in College showed a decent amount of offensive potential, blasting 17 homers, including a dramatic grand slam to give TCU the lead in a CWS game, while hitting for a .353 average in his senior year. Curry set many records at TCU including most doubles, putouts, and walks.

After signing all he did was impress. At State College he hit for both average and power laying down a line of .299/.421/.477 with 21 XBH in 240 PA. He started off on fire, going 8 straight games with at least one hit as professional. He did strike out a lot, but he also walked a good bit. Curry has shown a good eye at both TCU, and at A-, and his ability to draw walks while also hitting for power could be key.

Curry isn't going to show up in any top tens, mostly because of his age, and the fact that he did that against basically the same competition he dominated in College, but his keen eye and huge power potential make him quite possibly the best power hitting prospect the Pirates have. The fact that he has a pretty good glove at firstbase also makes him that much more valuable. It's easy to see him steadily progressing, and being that power-hitting 1B this system is lacking.

I'd imagine he will spend a little time at West Virginia, but I don't think it's out of the question he ends up in Bradenton, then on to Altoona? Seems pretty aggressive, but I have a lot of faith in the guy.

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