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  • Zac Curtis wears the face of shock after call up from A ball

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew19 hrs ago

    For the most part, when young prospects are called up to the big leagues, it comes after getting some experience in the high minor leagues. For some, that means a little seasoning in Triple-A. For other, more high profile prospects, that can mean a promotion directly from Double-A. 

    Rarely though will a prospect get called up directly from A Ball. Most teams just aren't confident those players have faced a high enough level of competition to be properly prepared for the big leagues. But that didn't impact the Arizona Diamondbacks decision on Saturday.

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    In a surprising move, they elected to call up 23-year-old left-hander Zac Curtis from the California League's Visalia Rawhide, which is their Class A Advanced affiliate.

    Curtis, who's been in the Arizona system for three years, has not played above that level. Needless to say, he was quite surprised when learning the news on Friday night. 

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