When discussing the Cleveland Guardians’ young, talented staff, most people mention three names: 2023 AL Rookie of the Year runner-up Tanner Bibee, Gavin Williams, and Logan Allen.
Of course, this is assuming that Triston McKenzie is already an established major leaguer.
All three pitchers had amazing performances last year and have cemented their place in the future of the organization.
But they aren’t the only young, impact hurlers on the Guardians.
Xzavion Curry, who pitched just 9.1 innings in 2022, also broke through last year and put himself on the map.
Besides being a solid young hurler, he is also a giving, caring human being.
“Xzavion Curry recently visited his True2U group! During a fun afternoon of mentoring and basketball, Xzavion got to connect with his students better while giving them advice for their future,” CLE Inspires tweeted.
Xzavion Curry recently visited his True2U group! During a fun afternoon of mentoring and basketball, Xzavion got to connect with his students better while giving them advice for their future. 🏀😁 pic.twitter.com/4H4ycPrTGA
— CLE Inspires (@CLEInspires) January 25, 2024
Being a good baseball player is the most common goal for major leaguers: it’s what they are paid to do.
However, becoming role models and being involved with the community is always fulfilling.
Curry is focused on becoming the best version of himself he can be.
On the mound, he did very well for himself last season, with a 4.07 ERA in 95 innings.
He was a jack-of-all-trades for the Guardians: participating in 50 games, he served as a starter in nine of them and as a reliever in 41.
He lacks the upside of an ace, but if he keeps polishing his stuff and command, he could eventually become a solid MLB starter.
He won’t have a spot in the Guardians rotation to start the year unless injuries strike, though.
In any case, he will remain a valuable contributor.