Curtis was the captain of his 2008 UCLA club, which lost in the regionals to Cal State Fullerton, but the 20-year-old is a big-game player. He was named to the All-Regional team this spring after being selected as All-Regional MVP in 2007.
The right-handed hitter drew notice in the 2007 Cape Cod League. With the wooden bat, Curtis earned an all-star berth playing for Chatham. He batted .295, just missing the top ten in the league and drove in 24.
I spoke with Curtis on Saturday, less than 48 hours since his name was called by the Cardinals. Among the things Curtis shared with me is that the Cardinals will be playing him at second base, likely with Batavia of the New York-Penn League.
Earlier audio interviews in this series:
Second-rounder Shane Peterson
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