McCurdy moving on up

As Thomasville High School’s quarterback way back in 1997, it was Nick McCurdy’s job to lead the Tigers’ offense.

That didn’t involve throwing the ball too much, though. McCurdy estimated he threw maybe five or six passes a game — perhaps 10 if an opponent was gearing up to stop the run. Basically, McCurdy was behind center to hand the ball off to Thomasville’s running backs. The Tigers finished 6-5 and made the playoffs in his only year as starter.

“We trapped and sweeped. That’s all we did,” McCurdy said with a chuckle earlier this summer.

Well maybe the Tigers’ coaching staff should have let their senior signal caller throw the ball a bit more.

After all, McCurdy’s proven he has a powerful right arm. He’s just put that appendage to use in another sport entirely — baseball. And after starting this year with the York Revolution and earning a trip to the Atlantic League All-Star Game, McCurdy earned an affiliated offer from the Florida Marlins. He’s used that opportunity to work himself up through the Marlins’ organization very quickly.

After starting off at Class A Greensboro, McCurdy posted a 2.00 ERA in seven appearances and got the call up to Class AA Carolina. In Double-A, the former Orioles’ prospect was asked to be a spot starter. That was no problem either. He pitched four shutout innings in one outing and then surrendered three earned in another four innings on Aug. 27.

It was enough for the Marlins to promote McCurdy to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.

Now the 27-year-old with a dynamite sinker is one step away from The Show. He’s pitched in one game for the Isotopes so far, delivering a scoreless inning and striking out a batter in the process. And he’s done it all with an approach many first-time indy leaguers have a hard time sticking to.

“If I’m trying to light up a radar gun, I’m going to get in trouble. So I don’t think about it,” McCurdy said a couple weeks prior to his signing with the Marlins. “You have to trust your stuff and get the guys out.”

McCurdy has certainly done that plenty this year and with his age and recent success, he should get an extended look from the Marlins for next season.

Not bad for the kid from Thomasville who was stuck handing the ball off to running backs 10 years ago. 

*Photo courtesy of the York Revolution.

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3 Responses

  1. It’s great to see McCurdy working his way up so quickly.

    I did find it a little odd that Florida put him in A-ball to begin, considering that he’s been a pretty dominant AA guy for a couple of seasons.

    On another Revs alum note: Kenny Perez is now hitting .331 in AAA with the Rockies and seemed to be getting some decent playing time at 3rd base.

  2. My understanding is McCurdy was placed in Single-A to give the Marlins time to open up a spot for him in Double-A.

    Unfortunately, the Isotopes’ final regular season game is Monday and according to this article, the Marlins are only expected to call up 6 to 8 players to the majors.

    Chances are McCurdy probably won’t be in that group.

  3. Wow! I’m really glad to hear that McCurdy has been doing so well. It would be really cool to see him make it to the Marlins.

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