Curran was Baltimore’s 8th round selection in 2015, a former two-sport athlete from a Massachusetts high school who also played hockey. He was very young for his class, and as a result, he’s playing his fourth professional season at just 20-years-old. Curran was just starting to heat up in Aberdeen last summer before going down with an injury. Fully healthy this year, he’s showing the power potential that put him on the team’s radar as an amateur.
The raw power is the best I have seen of any prospect in the organization. At 6’6’’ and 245 pounds, Curran launches towering flyballs in BP, showing legitimate 70-grade raw power to the pullside. His .200+ ISOs the last two years are no mirage, as the strength and leverage are here to put it out of any ballpark. The question is how much he’ll be able to make contact, and I have had enough questions about the feel to hit that it should be noted there’s a chance Curran never hits enough for the power to play. There is a ton of swing-and-miss overall, especially against lefties and secondary stuff. Curran can look bad against a well-placed off-speed pitch, and he might always carry a strikeout rate that hovers around 30% like he is right now. While he’s more agile at first base than you’d suspect given an extra-large frame, he’s landlocked to the position and the bat will always have to carry the profile.
You never want to discount this type of loud raw power, but Curran strikes me more as a 4A-type masher than a future middle-of-the-order power prospect. The power will get him to the big leagues in some capacity, but the hit tool will need to improve dramatically for him to be more than a cup-of-coffee player.