Chris Curtis

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Christopher Eugene Curtis

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 195 lb.

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Chris Curtis spent three years at AAA, the highwater mark of his 10-year career.

Curtis was picked by the Texas Rangers in the 4th round of the 1991 amateur draft; he was the first pitcher they took. Chris split the summer between the GCL Rangers (4-1, 2.08) and Butte Copper Kings (0-2, 9.95, 27 H in 12 2/3 IP). Had he qualified, he would have ranked ninth in the Gulf Coast League in ERA. In '92, the right-hander was 8-11 despite a 2.63 ERA for the Gastonia Rangers. He surrendered only three home runs in 147 innings pitched. He was 8th in the South Atlantic League in ERA.

The Texan hurler was 8-8 with a 3.99 ERA for the 1993 Charlotte Rangers. In 1994, he went 3-13 with a 5.36 ERA for the Tulsa Drillers, giving up a career-worst 17 homers. He led the Texas League in defeats. The next season, Chris moved to the bullpen and spent all season with the AAA Oklahoma City 89ers, going 3-5 with five saves and a 5.00 ERA in 51 outings. He led the staff in appearances.

In 1996, Curtis was 2-5 with a save and a 5.11 ERA for Oklahoma City. He next moved to the Baltimore Orioles chain. With the '97 Bowie Baysox, he was 6-1 with two saves and a 3.62 ERA. He struggled in 1998 with both Bowie (0-2, 6.95) and the Rochester Red Wings (2-6, 7.67) and even with the independent St. Paul Saints (2-1, 7.59).

Curtis re-established himself in 1999 in his one season in the Taiwan Major League, going 8-5 with a save and a 2.95 ERA for the Taipei Suns as their #2 hurler after Shane Tonkin. He was fourth in the TML in ERA behind Hisanobu Watanabe, Tonkin and Ming-Chieh Hsu. On September 18, he came the closest to a no-hitter of anyone in TML history, going five no-hit frames against the Chianan Luka before rain stopped his bid. Returning to the US, Curtis did poorly with the 2000 El Paso Diablos at 0-4, 7.20 to end his career. He was 46-63 overall in pro ball.