With roster deadline here, Twins have tough decisions on Arizona Fall League

TORONTO — Now that John Curtiss has reached the majors in his fourth pro season, he can look back at his Arizona Fall League experience for what it was: a turbo-booster for a late-blooming Twins pitching prospect.

“Last year the fall league was probably the biggest thing that happened to me,” Curtiss said. “I think that jump from high-A to fall league, except for the jump from the minors here, was the biggest jump I made.”

After posting a 2.66 earned-run average in 44 combined outings for low Class A Cedar Rapids and Class A Fort Myers (12.5 strikeouts per nine innings), Curtiss headed west and more than held his own.

With rosters for the 2017 Arizona Fall League expected to be announced Tuesday, there’s no shortage of Twins candidates for the prestigious offseason league. Teams are guaranteed six roster spots with the chance to add a seventh player on a taxi-squad basis.