It's been a big month for D-backs draftee Curtis
JUN 07, 2014 12:11a ET
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Zac Curtis is on a nice run.
He celebrated his three-week wedding anniversary by being taken by the Diamondbacks in the sixth round of the major league draft on Friday. In between, Curtis had a NCAA Division I-high 136 strikeouts at Middle Tennessee State.
He probably hit all the lights on the way home, too.
A left-hander, Curtis was one of eight players selected by the D-backs on Day 2 of the draft, which will conclude Saturday. What Curtis lacks in size -- he is 5-feet-10, 175 pounds -- he makes up for in productivity and life experience.
"He has two what we consider (major league) average pitches, a little bit of a cross-fire delivery," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said. "We always hate to put comps on guys because it is tough when you are comparing guys down the road, but maybe a little Craig Breslow feel to how he does it and how it works. He's managed to make the college hitters swing and miss, and that's always a good sign for us."
A former D-backs left-hander, Breslow is in his ninth major league season, his third with Boston.
Curtis and his bride, a softball player, both wore No. 16, so a May 16 wedding was natural. There were no jitters. Curtis, 21, struck out 12 in 7-2/3 innings of a 6-2 victory over Marshall the day before, his bachelor party.
The next day "we woke up, went to the courthouse, went to Red Lobster and went to the (Middle Tennessee State) game. We had our family (there). It was a blast," Curtis told The (Nashville) Tennessean.
Curtis was one of four pitchers the D-backs drafted Friday. They also added two outfielders and two infielders with their eight picks. They picked one high school player, outfielder and Florida State commit Matt Railey, in the third round.
Lander University right-hander Mason McCullough, who was taken in the fifth round, features a fastball clocked at 99 mph when the D-backs saw him. He began his career at North Carolina but was dismissed from the team before last season for violating team rules. McCullough, 6-feet-4 and 240 pounds, was 5-1 with a 4.59 ERA, 87 strikeouts and 61 walks in 64-2/3 innings.
"Certainly that type of velocity isn't just running around," Montgomery said. "Add to it that he is a big, strong kid. I think the tools are in there. Sometimes command is maybe your last piece to come."
The D-backs identified pitchers, outfielders and catchers as their primary need coming into the draft. Including first-round right-hander Touki Toussaint and second-round left-hander Cody Reed, the D-backs have taken six pitchers so far. They have not added a catcher. The final 30 rounds are Saturday.
* Third baseman Tyler Humprheys, a seventh-round pick from St. Johns River (Fla.) State College, led junior colleges with 18 home runs
* Left fielder Grant Heyman, who began his career at Miami (Fla.), had eight home runs and 43 RBIs at the College of Southern Nevada, where Bryce Harper played. He used a wood bat, which helped scouts get a more accurate gauge of his offense. Heyman, an eighth-round pick, has committed to Oregon State.
* Right-hander Scott Schultz, the 10th-round pick, was 7-2 with six saves and a 1.61 ERA at Oregon State, which was the top seed in the NCAA tournament this year.