Ex-Findlay Pitcher onto the MLB

Photo taken by: Austin Steele Billings Gazette

   First Roethlisberger and now another former Trojan looks to put Findlay on the map by displaying his athletic talent on the major league level.

   On June 6th Findlay High School alumni and Ohio State pitcher Connor Curlis was drafted in the 24th round and 709th overall out of Ohio State by the Cincinnati Reds in the MLB draft. “It has been a dream of mine since I was young so to get your name called in the draft was just amazing. For myself to know about how all of my hard work paid off in making my dream come true.

   “It was good to see an area team draft me because they have three teams close or closer to Findlay than most teams do. The Reds obviously being in Cincinnati, the Louisville Bats in Kentucky and then the Dayton Dragons in Dayton. I was in Montana this season which was hard since it’s so far away so my parents only made one trip to see me pitch.” Curlis said in response to if being drafted by the Reds excited him knowing his parents could watch him pitch.

   In his last season at Ohio State Connor was 7-4 with a 3.55 ERA (earned run average) 1.33 WHIP (with hitters in scoring position) in 88.2 innings pitched while striking out 77 and walking just 31 batters.

   When asked about what made him decide to forgo his senior season Connor said, “There was lots of talking between my family and my agent on which was my best choice or opportunity. We all decided that I had three good years at Ohio State and it was time to make my dream a reality and take it to the next level and see what the game of baseball has to offer me. It was very tough decision but I think I made the decision which was best for me and my family.

   Throughout his four years of high school Connor was on the Varsity baseball team for three of them. His Sophomore season he pitched 30 ⅓ innings with a 1.61 ERA, his Junior season he pitched 35 ⅔ innings with a 2.74 ERA, and in his Senior season he pitched for 48 innings and had an ERA of 0.43.

   “It was a good four years representing the blue and gold. I still remember us getting picked to finish last our senior year and we worked hard together and lost in extra innings in the district finals and that game still stings a little bit knowing you were a couple games from state which Findlay has not been to in forever” said Curlis.

   Currently Connor is on the Reds rookie minor league team Billings Mustangs in the Pioneer League. The offseason is fast approaching and he awaits where his career will take him. Connor has a big potential and even if he doesn’t make it to the majors he has still made Findlay proud of him.

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