Curtiss didn’t get much run in the Angels’ bullpen in 2019, appearing for only 2.1 innings of work. So his numbers are painted by such a small sample size, but a sharp decline in zone rate (from 53.3% in 2018 to a below-average 40.7%) and 40% walk rate show fastball command that could probably use some tightening up.
A series of brief dalliances with the major leagues don’t offer much of a framework for analyzing Curtiss’ big-league statistics, but the slider he pairs with his fastball flashed a 19.1% swinging-strike rate in 2019. A less-than-ideal 14.3% strikeout rate could be on the rise if Curtiss is able to keep missing bats with his offspeed pitch.
Losing about three inches of vertical and horizontal movement allowed hitters to get a beat on Curtiss’ fastball. They hit .313 and hit line drives 42.9% of the time. He did not allow a home run with the pitch, but his walk rate matched his strikeout rate at 11.1%. Hitters laid off the pitch when it was thrown outside and hammered it in the zone, leading to a -0.4 pVal.
Curtiss’ slider boasts a high strikeout rate; however its results aren’t too pretty. Hitters laid off the pitch often, as it was mainly thrown out of the zone. When they did make contact, they hit .300 with a .364 OBP. He is good at limiting the long ball but gives up too much good contact.