The Cleveland Guardians have been unleashing their prospects into the lineup all season long, and now the team is beginning to do the same with its pitching staff.
Right-hander Xzavion Curry is the latest young pitcher to get his chance in the rotation, as the 24-year-old will be making his major-league debut in Monday’s doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers. In his six starts since being promoted to Triple-A Columbus earlier this year, Curry sports a 3.09 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 32 innings. Prior to his promotion, Curry had a 3.65 ERA at Double-A Akron in 13 games (11 starts), striking out 80 batters in 69 innings.
Curry is a former seventh-round pick by Cleveland in the 2019 draft, and is one of the many talented arms in the Guardians organization. Time will only tell whether Curry becomes a rotation or bullpen arm going forward, but he’s got a fastball that can touch the mid-90s with great command, along with a low-80s slider and curveball.
Curry is also Rule 5-eligible this offseason, so the Guardians will likely need to make some room for him on the 40-man roster or possibly package him in a trade of some kind, because he’d be a prime candidate to be selected.
For the moment, however, Curry will be getting his first taste of the majors for the AL Central-leading Guardians.