February 1, 1985 |
|June 21, 2010 for the New York Yankees|
(through 2011 season)
|Runs batted in||8|
Colin Benedict Curtis (born February 1, 1985 in Issaquah, Washington) is an American professional baseball outfielder. He currently plays for the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. In 2010, he played for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.
Curtis attended Issaquah High School, where he played baseball for the school. As a freshman, in 2000, Issaquah won the Class 3A state championship. Curtis was named to the All-King County Class 3A team in 2001, 2002, and 2003. He was named to the All-State team in 2002 and 2003.
Curtis was chosen in the 50th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, but he did not sign, choosing to attend Arizona State University to play college baseball for the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team.
Draft and Minor Leagues
New York Yankees (2010-2012)
Curtis was called up to the major leagues on June 21, 2010. That night he pinch hit for A. J. Burnett in the 5th inning, and flied out to center field on a 1-2 pitch, for the second out of the inning. On June 22, 2010, Curtis recorded his first major league hit, a double off of Chad Qualls of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
On July 21, 2010, he hit his first career home run against Scot Shields of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim when he was called upon to pinch hit when Brett Gardner was ejected from a game while batting with an 0-2 count in the bottom of the seventh inning.
On July 31, 2010 Curtis was optioned back to the Yankees AAA affiliate the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees following the acquisition of outfielder Austin Kearns by the Yankees. He was promoted again on September 6. He was part of the Yankees postseason roster until the team lost to the Texas Rangers in the 2010 ALCS.
During Spring Training of 2011, Colin Curtis was placed on the 60-day disabled list due to a shoulder injury. On April 15, 2011, he underwent right shoulder surgery and was eliminated for the entire 2011 season. Curtis was released by the Yankees on August 1, 2012.
Somerset Patriots (2012-present)
During his freshman year of high school, at the age of 15, Curtis was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It spread to the veins in his stomach and around his lymph nodes. The treatment involved surgery to remove the tumor and parts of the affected veins and regular blood tests. While battling the disease, fellow testicular cancer survivor Lance Armstrong gave him an autographed book.
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