Brendan McCurry

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Brendan Scott McCurry

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Brendan McCurry was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2014 amateur draft by the Oakland Athletics, out of Oklahoma State University. The scout was Yancy Ayres. He pitched for three teams that year, the AZL Athletics, the Beloit Snappers and the Stockton Ports, with most of his appearances coming for Beloit in the Midwest League. Used strictly as a reliever, the undersized righthander went 2-0 witha an outstanding 0.31 ERA in 17 games, the result of giving up only 1 run in 28 2/3 innings. He also picked up 2 saves, gave up only 14 hits and 3 walks and struck out 37. McCurry had another fine season in 2015, starting off with Stockton in the California League and getting promoted after 36 appearances to the Midland RockHounds of the Texas League. Combined, he went 1-3, 1.86 with 27 saves. He pitched 63 innings and struck out 82 while walking only 17 batters.

McCurry's fine pitching obviously did not go unnoticed as on November 25, 2015, he was traded straight up by the A's to the Houston Astros in return for major league infielder Jed Lowrie. He was invited to spring training by the Astros in 2016 but had a very rough outing in the second of two exhibition games the team played against the San Diego Padres at Estadio Fray Nano in Mexico City on March 27th, when he gave up 8 runs in one inning. The Astros were already trainling by a large margin in the game and ended up 21-6 losers.

McCurry was also a fine hitter in high school, as he .510 and led the state of Oklahoma in home runs with 26 as a senior. He then went to Howard Junior College for two years where he was a two-way player before transferring to Oklahoma State. There, he opened eyes as a pitcher, putting up an ERA of 0.39 in his senior season. He also set the school's all-time saves record with 27 in two years.

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