Once upon a time, the Halos Heaven faithful got all up (in their non TJ-inflected) arms and posted 280 comments after we announced that Blake Parker was being DFA’d.
Rightly so, perhaps, the Twins pounced and picked up Parker. Fast forward to the present when the Twins DFA’d John Curtiss to make room for Parker on their roster. As per how these things work, the Angels offered up a trade for Curtiss, because, well – they wanted him.
In return, the Twins received Daniel Ozoria, a player whom I’ll admit I didn’t even know was in the Angels organization. Ozoria is an 18 year old infielder who was drafted out of the Dominican Republic in 2017.
To make room for Curtiss on their roster, the Angels designated Parker Bridwell for the second time this off season – having only picked him back up on December 21st.
Curtiss has a fastball that sits in the mid 90s and can touch 98 MPH. He’s tossed 15 big league innings and put up a 7.20 ERA with a 4.20 FIP and 1.522 WHIP. Curtiss has had pretty good success at the AAA level but so far that has not translated to the majors.
Some good news perhaps is that Curtiss already had Tommy John AND Thoracic Outlet surgery while in college which makes him less likely to break for the Angels, right? Curtiss was also #26 on the Twins top prospect list. No word yet on where he’d fall on the Angels list but two years ago he’d probably have cracked the top 15.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: “The Angels picked up an intriguing arm who was once a top prospect. He throws hard and struggles with control.”
We wanted the Angels to do something right? Ottavino he is not.