McCurdy excels in winter ball

When the dog days of summer roll around every year, you can count on affiliated organizations scouring the Atlantic League for talent.

Revolution vs BarnstormersThere are a number of reasons to explain this. Injured players (think Kenny Perez) can open a void at Triple-A in a certain system. Maybe a team wants to reacquire a familiar face. Heck, maybe a particular organization is facing the reality that it did a horrendous job of drafting players.    

Whatever the reason, unfortunately many Atlantic Leaguers are viewed as nothing more than short-term rentals. Luckily, that doesn’t appear to be the case with former Revolution relief pitcher Nick McCurdy.

The right-hander signed an affiliated deal with the Florida Marlins after earning the save in the 2008 Atlantic League All-Star game and he’s had plenty of success with the Fish. McCurdy, 28, has pitched for the Marlins in winter ball in Puerto Rico and has done pretty well.

The Thomasville, Ala. native has posted a 2.84 ERA in 22 appearances (31.2 innings) and has allowed a measly .227 batting average against. He’s also only allowed six walks in those appearances, which continues McCurdy’s personal trend of excellent control.

The winter league success comes on the heels of McCurdy posting a 2.50 ERA in 10 appearances split between Single-A (Greensboro) Double-A (Carolina) and Triple-A (Albuquerque) toward the end of the 2008 season.

Prior to his signing with the Marlins, McCurdy emerged as York’s top set-up man before inheriting the closer’s role from Dave Veres. In 37 games with the Revs he had a 2.04 ERA and 60 strikeouts compared to only 11 walks. He also garnered a career-high eight saves.

Considering McCurdy’s age and his pinpoint control, he should be an intriguing candidate to rise through the Marlins’ system. The only time that McCurdy seemed to get in trouble during his days in York was when he was asked to pitch more than one inning (or on consecutive days). So the right manager could do wonders for his career.    

But here’s one thing that seems pretty certain — York fans probably won’t witness a McCurdy sighting in any Atlantic League ballpark this summer.

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One Response

  1. Juan Padilla and Jose Enrique Cruz are also playing winter ball in Puerto Rico. Their team (Leones de Ponce) will be vying for the championship starting Sunday.

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