The Delmarva Shorebirds (Class-A Low) currently sit atop the South Atlantic League’s Northern Division with a record of 21-10. Much of the team’s success is attributed to a pitching staff that is arguably the best in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization.
Offensively, there have been many bright spots as well. One of those bright spots is 1B/DH Seamus Curran. The Orioles drafted the 20-year-old left-handed hitter in the 8th round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Agawam High School in Massachusetts. The 2018 season marks Curran’s first full season as a professional; he previously spent two seasons (2015 & 2016) with the Gulf Coast Orioles (Class-Rookie) and an injury shortened one (2017) with the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Class-A Short). He did play in 9 games in Aberdeen in 2016.
Curran is presently making the most of his time in Delmarva. Entering Tuesday, an off day for the Shorebirds, he is slashing .257/ .319/ .429/ .748 with 5 homeruns and 21 RBI in 28 games. Curran is among the team’s offensive leaders in several categories: 4th in OPS (slugging % + OBP), 3rd in slugging % and total bases, 2nd in homeruns and tied for 1st (with Trevor Craport) in RBI.
Curran has hit safely in 18 of the 28 games he has played and owns a 6-game hitting streak this season. He has had 7 multi-hit games and 5 multi-RBI games so far in 2018. Curran has shown an ability to hit in the clutch as demonstrated by his .364 average with runners in scoring position; he owns a .231 average with runners in scoring position and two outs as well.
As expected, Curran fares better against right-handed pitching (.311 average, 20 RBI) as compared to left-handed pitching (.154 average, 1 RBI). Aside from improving against right-handers, the one area he needs to work on is his plate discipline as his 10 walks (8.7%) and 38 strikeouts (33.0%) illustrate. Curran’s youth will work in his favor as he strives to improve those rates; maturity and experience will both come with time.
These are exciting times for baseball on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Shorebirds are playing very good baseball and Seamus Curran is right in the middle of it all. Should the success continue, and there is nothing to suggest otherwise, Orioles fans will hear Curran’s name mentioned more often. He is one of many Shorebirds’ players who are making a name for themselves and as such, is worth keeping an eye on.
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