Curtis was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday. The journeyman hadn't appeared in a single Cactus League game as of Sunday, so between that and his inability to progress beyond Triple-A the past three seasons, this move comes as no surprise. Curtis likely will serve as an organizational depth piece this season once again.
Curtis signed a minor league contract with the A's that includes an invite to spring training, CSN Bay Area reports. A fifth-round pick in 2008, he broke through to the majors briefly with the Cardinals in 2013 but has been stuck down at Triple-A ever since. Curtis has routinely posted high on-base percentages, upping his mark to .404 with the Reds' Louisville affiliate in 2016. However, he does not have the other tools necessary to take really capitalize on the strong approach.
Curtis collected a double, a walk, and two RBI in Triple-A Louisville's 6-1 win over Columbus on Wednesday. He's now batting .286 over seven at-bats on the young season. Curtis only had six at-bats in spring training this year but he managed to produce two hits and a RBI. The 28-year-old has spent the last four seasons at the Triple-A level with one brief appearance in the majors in 2013. His ability to play both infield and outfield as well as his career .377 OBP in the minors are both factors that boost Curtis' chances of reaching the majors in 2016.
The Cardinals outrighted starting pitcher John Gast and outfielder Jermaine Curtis to Triple-A Memphis Wednesday. Both spent time in the majors in 2013. Gast made three starts before tearing his left lat in July. Curtis went hitless in three at-bats.
The Cardinals added top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras, infielder Jermaine Curtis and pitcher John Gast to the team's 40-man roster Wednesday. Taveras, who was ranked the No. 3 prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball America before the season, hit .306/.341/.462 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 173 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis. He is recovering from August ankle surgery and is expected to be ready by spring training. Curtis hit .257/.355/.349 with five home runs, 49 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 370 at-bats with Triple-A Memphis. Gast went 2-0 with a 5.11 ERA in three starts with the Cardinals and 3-1 with a 1.16 ERA in seven starts with Triple-A Memphis.