John Pickens Curtiss..On Twitter: @JohnCurtiss43... Enjoys playing guitar and singing country music...Performed national anthem prior to Rochesterfs game vs. Lehigh Valley, Sept. 2, 2018... Participated in 2017-18 Twins Winter Caravan... Underwent Tommy John and thoracic outlet surgery in 2012 and 2013... Attended University of Texas, where he was a double-major (English and history) and named to Capital One Academic All-America First-Team (by CoSIDA) in 2014, as well as being named to Big 12 Commissionerfs Honor Roll... Lettered twice at Southlake HS (TX)...Was team captain senior year and won Hustle Award as a junior...USA Today Second-Team All-American as a senior and Rawlings Preseason Second-Team All-American... Played for Logan Stout and Dallas Patriots in AABC Summer League... Originally signed by Twins scout Marty Esposito.
Began season with Triple-A Rochester...Played in five games for Red Wings before being recalled April 30...Made two appearances for Twins and was optioned back to Rochester May 2...Allowed just three home runs on season for Red Wings (55.1 IP) and led team in saves (10)... Combined to go 2-5, 3.06 ERA (61.2 IP - 21 ER) with 35 walks and 68 strikeouts in 46 games between Minnesota and Rochester.
Began the season with Double-A Chattanooga and went 2-0, 0.72 ERA (25.0 IP, 2 ER) with 35 strikeouts and 13 saves before promotion to Triple-A Rochester on June 23...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week May 27, pitching 3.0 scoreless innings with one hit, one walk, six strikeouts and three saves in three games...Appeared in 18 games for the Red Wings with a 1.85 ERA (24.1 IP, 5 ER); contract selected by the Twins on August 23...Made major league debut on August 25 at Toronto, striking out Steve Pearce in a perfect ninth inning as the Twins won 6-1...Named relief pitcher on the Twins Organizational All-Star team by MiLB.com