Pirates Prospect Interview: Matt Curry

Matt Curry

Altoona Curve first baseman Matt Curry is out for about two months after having surgery on his right hand on May 8 in Pittsburgh, he also received a steroid injection into the wrist. He hit .285 with 11 homers and 76 RBI for the Curve last season. This season he was batting .248 with four home runs and 16 RBI. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Curry.

GVB – Tough break for you, the hamate injury just pushed the wrist problems over the edge. Hopefully this will clear things up and get you back to 100 percent.

MC – Hopefully it will help me in the long run. My wrist has been bothering me for a while now, and I guess it just kind of took this injury to put me over the edge and finally get it all fixed at one time. It's kind of a blessing in disguise, so now hopefully I'll come back 100 percent and not have to worry about the tendonitis in my wrist.

GVB – I know you were hoping to build off last season, were you pleased with the numbers you put up a year ago?

MC – I was, I had some good parts and some bad parts. You always want to kind of level those out, that is what I had hoped to do this year.

GVB – Things I noticed, the power numbers with 11 home runs, but also 34 doubles. The gap to gap power is your game, right?

MC – Yes it is, and Altoona is not friendly to us left-handed hitters. I might have seen a total of 10 home runs go out to right field, so that's were all the doubles came from, just balls that are tough to hit out of that park, that are doubles for me.

GVB – The progression from level to level in the minors, have you noticed the difference?

MC – I have, starting from my first year in Low A and jumping to Double A, that was a huge difference. Going from Double A to Triple A and just seeing how the game is there. There are more older guys, but it's the same game. The difference between Double A and Triple A is not much of a difference, you don't have those younger arms, those 22 or 23 year old fireballers like you do in Double A, but in Triple A, those guys know how to pitch. That's probably the biggest difference, they're just smarter.

GVB – What was the Arizona Fall League experience like for you?

MC – It was awesome. Getting to play with those guys that you play against a lot and getting to play with them on the same team and kind of seeing where you measure up to some of the better players in the game. Those younger guys, those guys you always hear about, finally you get to play against them. It's pretty cool how it works.

GVB – Measuring up did you see some things positive and some things you need to work on?

MC – I did, just the talent level now days, there were some young kids out there that are a year away from the big leagues. There are some things I can do just as good as those guys, it all measures out.

GVB – The bat has played well, how are you defensively at this stage?

MC – It was coming along good. Everybody knows I can hit, I've just got to get more consistent on defense.

GVB – A setback with the surgery, hopefully you will be back soon and ready to go.

MC – I don't think I've had a 100 percent wrist since before the Arizona Fall League. Hopefully coming back my wrist and my hand will be 100 percent and I can swing with no pain whenever I want to.

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