He is 23-years old and has only been a professional since 2014, but the Arizona Diamondbacks think enough of their sixth round pick out of Middle Tennessee State University to earn a promotion to the big leagues.
Zac Curtis had his contract purchased from Single-A Advanced Visalia today and to make room for him on the team’s 40-man and 25-man rosters the club designated lefty Keith Hessler for assignment. The Diamondbacks have ten days to trade, release or outright Hessler to the minors.
A 5-foor-9, 179-pound southpaw, Curtis has a career 7-5 mark with a 1.68 ERA and 1.007 WHIP in three minor league seasons. The number that stands out on his résumé is 139 strikeouts in 91.1 innings over 85 career games, all in relief. This season with the Rawhide he was 1-0 with 22 Ks in 10.1 innings.
Hessler, 27, was signed as an amateur free agent in 2011 and appeared in 2 games for the D-backs this season and 7 games for Double-A Mobile.
Arizona has an extra-base hit in all 25 games, the club’s longest streak to begin a season since 2010 (37), and has homered in 9 of last 10 games.
The D-backs’ 96 extra-base hits lead Majors ahead of Cardinals (93), Rockies (91) and Red Sox (89).
Brad Ziegler’s 0.82 ERA is sixth among NL relievers.
Paul Goldschmidt leads the Major Leagues with 25 walks, a club record for the month of March/April, and the most by a NL player in March/April since Joey Votto’s 25 walks in 2011, trailing only Votto’s 26 walks in 2013 for most NLB walks in March/April since 2010.
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