League Baseball Draft, which takes place today. Even though he’s
probably the best high school baseball prospect in Ohio, St. Francis
DeSales High School outfielder Ryan Curl is taking the possibility of
being selected high in the draft in stride, trying not to think about
it and focusing on college ball instead.
“It feels good to know that I’m going somewhere at the next level,” Curl said. “I haven’t had to worry about that this season and that’s taken a whole bunch of pressure off my shoulders.”
Right now, Curl is planning to head to Miami University to play for the Redhawks, but his selection in the draft could change that. Curl remains even-keeled about the possibility.
“I’m not really focusing on that right now,” said Curl, who hit .441 this spring. “I’m trying not to think about it.”
Curl’s high school coach, Tom Nuebert says that Curl is an amazing talent.
“Ryan is obviously the player that has all five tools that colleges are looking for,” Nuebert said. “He has the speed, has the arm. He can hit for average. He can hit for power. And he has a tremendous glove in the outfield for us.”
Maybe the most impressive tool in that toolbox for Curl is his speed. Neubert talked about Curl’s ability on the base paths, which produced 40 steals this spring for the Stallions. Curl (6-2, 190) stole five bases in one game.
“I’ve never had a player of mine that has been able to take over the game offensively like Ryan can,” said Neubert. “He changes the complexity of the game whether he’s at the plate or on the bases. I’ve seen him hit a groundball to second base this year and beat it out for a hit. I’ve seen him score from third on a ball that didn’t even leave the dirt on a passed ball. It obviously gives me a lot of options of things I can do when he’s on base. Not to mention that everyone we play knows who he is and that puts pressure on the defense when you have a kid with that kind of speed either at the base or on the base paths.”
This spring Curl did plenty to help his team win. The Stallions put together an 18-game win streak before losing in the Division II regional final to Kenton Ridge.
Clearly, Neubert sees a big future for Curl, if he continues to improve and hone his skills.
“Well, right now as far as I’m concerned, the sky’s the limit for Ryan,” said Neubert. “He obviously still has a lot more to work on when it comes to baseball. He’s not completely polished yet. When he gets to the next level, they’re going to work with him a lot more. The way I see him, he has the ability to be a tremendous Division I (college) player. If he does end up going in the draft, then I’d say he’ll make a good run in the professional ranks as well. But he’s just having fun on the field right now and to be honest with you, it’s the furthest thing from his mind right now.”
Curl may have speed to burn, but he’s taking a slow and steady approach to his baseball future.
Said the standout: “I’m just having fun right now.”