Q&A with Santa Fe LHP/1B Andrew Curry from Santa Fe HS

Andrew Curry from Santa Fe HS has had a high school career that many strive to have. A stand out 1B and LHP for three years on varsity, Curry is making a name for himself, and we  and maky college coaches have taken notice.

Ranked No. 25 in the Class of 2013 and  participant of the Class of 2013 Midwest Futures Games and the All State Invitational Showcase, Curry has established himself as one of the top players in the Class of 2013, reagrdless of class. Entering his senior season,  Curry is the leader of a veteran Santa Fe team who will be shooting for a third consecutive Final Four appearance in 2013, and will be a favorite to win another state title next serason.

We recently caught up with Curry to get some thoughts on last season and whatthe future may hold. 

PBR: Talk a little about the Santa Fe team, and your supporting cast’s contributions. 

Curry: Out of my 3 years so far this years team jelled better than any groups of guys I have played with. We had multiple leaders that all stepped up in big times and got the job done when needed. We will be loosing 3 very good seniors, but will also be bringing back 4 all state players and 2 other starters that are ready to make another state run. 

PBR: Last season you had the opportunity to win a Class 1A state title. What was the experience like for you? 

Curry: It was the greatest experience of my high school career so far. We worked very hard as a team and played very well with each other. It felt amazing to finally win a championship after all the hard work and 2 years of falling short. Another awesome experience was the amazing fan support our towns and high school gave us.

PBR: What is your biggest strength as a player?

Curry: I think my biggest strength as a player is mental toughness and knowledge of how to play the game and be a leader.

PBR: What aspect of your game do you believe needs the most improvement?

Curry: I think the biggest aspect of my game that needs to be improved is velocity of fastball. I throw low to mid 80’s and know how to hit my spots and how to work hitters, but I think more velocity would improve my game. I know that it will come from hard work and strengthening the arm and I also know that it will come when my body starts to fill out.

PBR: What have are your expectations for the recruiting process?

Curry: I look forward to visiting some schools and seeing who is interested

PBR: What type of program would you like to play at? What is most important to you: Caliber of program, coaching staff, academics, etc…?

Curry: I would like to play at a program that has a winning tradition, good pitching coach, and one that I could jump right into and play.

PBR: What schools are you most interested in right now, and why?

Curry: My top two schools at this point are UCM and MIZZOU. I think they both have good baseball traditions and also very good academics.

PBR: What are your personal goals for the 2013 season?

Curry: My personal goals for 2013 is to increase velocity on my fastball to upper 80’s - low 90’s and to lead my team to back to back state championships.

PBR: What team do you play for in the summer?

Curry: Mac N Seitz Indians 17u

PBR: Who is the toughest pitcher/hitter that you have faced?

Pitcher- Carter Brown –Concordia (2011)
Hitter- Drew Smith- Concordia (2011)

PBR: What is your fondest memory or highlight from your 2012 baseball season (High School or Summer)?

Curry: I would say my fondest memory from 2012 was winning that district championship game. We have got there the past two years but we always fell short. Winning it was just relief and like the monkey was finally off our back.

PBR: What is your most memorable moment in baseball so far in your life?

Curry: I have won 3 state championships in my life. One in little league and one in junior league but this last one, which was the class 1 high school championship was probably the most memorable moment so far.

PBR: What are your thoughts on how the implementation of BBCOR bats effected the game from both a hitting and pitching perspective?

Curry: I think that the BBCOR bats did affect the game to a certain existent. The bats did have a little less pop to them, but the also did have a good sweet spot. As a pitcher you had to still hit your spots and use the corners. As a hitter I think it made me better cause I had to square the ball up on the sweet spot.

For Andrew's full bio, click here.

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