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Curtiss leaves Texas, signs with Twins

Posted July 1st, 2014

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Texas needs a new closer after sophomore right hander John Curtiss signed a contract Tuesday with the Minnesota Twins.

Curtiss, chosen by the Twins in the sixth round of last month’s MLB draft, was preparing mid afternoon to fly to Elizabethton, Tenn. for rookie ball. Curtiss will reportedly make $266,900.

“It’s a really exciting day,” Curtiss said. “Probably the most exciting time I’ve had in baseball was the College World Series. After that was the day I signed with UT. This is right up there with them.”

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Curtiss had nine saves in 28 appearances with a 2.28 earned run average. He becomes the second Longhorn to sign a professional contract after senior outfielder Mark Payton agreed to a deal last week with the Yankees.

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