Follow Friday Q&A with TJ Curd
This is the eighth installment of the Arizona Baseball 2020 Follow Friday series, in which we highlight each member of the incoming 2020 class of student-athletes looking to make their mark at Hi Corbett Field. Get to know our newest Wildcats with the below Q&A, and when you're done be sure to follow them on social media to stay connected.
This week's feature focuses on incoming freshman TJ Curd, a first baseman/left-handed pitcher from Treasure Coast HS in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Previous editions of Follow Friday: Jacob Berry | Kyle Casper | Chase Davis | Riley Cooper | Daniel Susac | TJ Nichols | Austin Smith
Q: What made you choose Arizona?
A: I chose Arizona because of the great coaching staff. I knew that by coming out here I would be getting better and develop and get prepared for the MLB Draft in three or four years.
Q: What are you looking forward to the most in your first year at Arizona?
A: I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to compete and try to earn a spot. I'm just excited to get out on the field again and get going.
Q: What achievement from your baseball career so far are you most proud of?
A: I'm most proud of making the roster for the State's Play Games — it was the best players in Florida versus the best players in Georgia at Marlins Park. The whole experience was very pro-like; they put us in the hotel where road teams stay when they play Miami, we had nice busses that took us to and from the field, they fed us well, and gave us equipment. It was a really fun experience.
Q: What do you think is the strongest part of your game?
A: I think that my defense, along with my ability to hit for contact and power, are the strongest parts. I would say I'm pretty well-rounded, but I think in particular that my defense is really going to play here. I definitely take a lot of pride in my defense.
Q: Who influenced you to get into baseball?
A: Both of my parents, they were both coaches on my first tee-ball team.
Q: If you weren't playing baseball, what sport would you most want to play?
A: Oh I would definitely be playing football. I played football from the same time I started baseball, around four years old, until I was 11 or 12. I was a little bit of a heavyset kid, so I played on the offensive line, offensive guard. I like the mindset you have to have when playing football, it's a little more aggressive and you can play a little more emotionally.
Q: If you could have one MLB player's skill, what would it be?
A: I would have to take Christian Yelich's hit tool. I think he is a very successful hitter and he keeps his bat in the zone for a very long time, which helps him succeed. I would like to mimic that ability in my game.
Q: If you could face one Major League Baseball player right now, who would it be and why?
A: I think I'm going to go with Aroldis Chapman, because I want to see what 99-103 MPH looks like. I've seen up to 96 MPH, but that's the fastest I've seen so far. So the first time I might have to close my eyes and say a prayer, but after a couple at-bats I think I could get the hang of it and start putting some balls in play.
Q: What are some of your non-baseball hobbies you enjoy spending free time on?
A: I don't have many non-baseball hobbies, to be honest. I like to play MLB The Show, so occasionally I'll play video games in my free time.
Q: What does your pregame/gameday routine look like?
A: To start off, I don't usually eat breakfast because I'm not typically hungry on gamedays because I'm so amped up. Although, sometimes I'll force myself to eat if the game is later in the day. Then I'll put on my pregame music mix and go to the field. I like to hit before games, 1-2 rounds just to get my mind right. After that I'll toss the ball a little bit, stretch, get loose, and then get ready to go. Nothing too complex about my routine, I like to keep it simple.
Favorite baseball player: Fernando Tatís Jr.
Favorite MLB team: Miami Marlins
Favorite baseball movie: The Sandlot
Favorite gameday snack: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Favorite TV show: Key & Peele
Favorite movie: Step Brothers