Card: 2019 Topps Update #US3
Curtis Michael Casali (born November 9, 1988) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Seattle Mariners. He made his MLB debut in 2014 with the Tampa Bay Rays. Curt was born in Walnut Creek, California, but raised in New Canaan, Connecticut. He made it to the College World Series finals in 2011.
The Detroit Tigers selected Curt in the 10th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, and he made his MLB debut with the Rays on July 18, 2014, against the Minnesota Twins. He recorded a hit in his first at bat and scored a run later in the inning. On July 28, 2015 Casali hit two home runs in one game against the Detroit Tigers. One night later, he repeated the feat by hitting two homers against former teammate and fellow Vanderbilt alum David Price.
After bouncing around the minors for the Angels, Rangers and again for the Rays, on May 31, 2018, Casali was traded to the Cincinnati Reds where he was largely the backup catcher. He signed with the Giants in 2021, where he was already familiar with many of the players and coaches, including former Vanderbilt teammate Mike Yastrzemski, as they were groomsmen at each other’s weddings.
Curt caught five consecutive shutouts to begin the 2021 season with the Giants, from five different starting pitchers, after never having caught a shutout in MLB before.
On August 2, 2022, Curt was traded by the San Francisco Giants with Matthew Boyd to the Seattle Mariners for Michael Stryffeler (minors) and Andy Thomas (minors).
Curt is part of the New York/SF Giants Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop
Curt is also part of the Cincinnati Reds Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop
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