Junior starter Xzavion Curry returns for his third season at Georgia Tech and is looking to improve on his second-year numbers.
Xzavion Curry in 2017 was the first freshman at Georgia Tech to make an opening day start for the Jackets since 1995 and in 2016, Curry once again got the nod, being the Yellow Jacket’s Friday night starter for the second straight season.
Curry will look to get his third-straight opening day start this season when the Yellow Jackets take on the University of Illinois at Chicago. That being said, he’ll look to improve on his sophomore stat totals which saw him put together a stronger season than his freshman year but also left a lot of room for improvement.
2018 Season Recap:
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Curry in 2018 started 15 games for the Yellow Jackets and pitched 92.2 innings throughout those 15 starts, the second most on the team last year and only behind Connor Thomas who pitched 97 innings. Over those 92.2 innings, Curry allowed 79 hits and 23 walks while posting 101 strikeouts and an ERA of 4.18. His strikeouts and ERA once again ranked second among starters only behind Thomas.
The good news about the 79 hits that Curry allowed is that opposing batters still hit just .224 off the Georgia native last season. However, he did allow 17 home runs over the course of the season, the same amount the Jackets other four main starters had for the entire season which means that over 20% of his hits allowed last season went for home runs. It was surely an up-and-down season for Curry which saw him named the “ACC Pitcher of the Week” twice for efforts but overall, it was an improvement over his freshman season.
2019 Season Preview:
We expect Curry to regain his title as the Jackets Friday night starter but wouldn’t be shocked if Connor Thomas gets to be the man instead. That being said, Curry made a significant improvement from his freshman to sophomore seasons and if another improvement is in store for Curry, it will be great news for the Yellow Jackets who look to get back to the NCAA Tournament. Overall, 2019 has a chance to be a strong season for Curry who could leave Tech for the MLB Draft after this season.