Round 18 selection (No. 532) of the Atlanta Braves during 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft (6/6) ... Signed first professional contract on June 22, thus forgoing final season of college eligibility, and began pro career with GCL Braves in Kissimmee, Fla. ... Left UC San Diego as program's joint all-time leader with 14 career saves.
AS A REDSHIRT JUNIOR IN 2018
ABCA/Rawlings All-West Region Second Team ... D2CCA All-West Region Second Team ... All-CCAA Second Team ... CCAA Championship All-Tournament Team ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (6/5) ... Produced career year, finishing 5-1 with 0.74 ERA, nine saves, and 63 strikeouts against just 11 walks (5.73 ratio) over 36.1 innings pitched and 22 appearances, all in relief ... Opponents hit just .135 with four extra-base hits, all doubles ... Struck out 10 straight batters, likely a program record, in a two-inning stint at Cal State San Bernardino (4/21) and 1.1-inning save vs. Cal State LA (4/26) ... Registered final three outs to close out record seventh CCAA Championship title vs. Cal Poly Pomona (5/12) ... Went career-long 4.2 frames without a run, hit or walk allowed to keep Tritons in game in final appearance, ultimately a 7-4 loss to No. 23 Southern New Hampshire (5/30) at NCAA Championship in Cary, N.C., with six strikeouts giving him an even 100 for career ... Faced the minimum 14 batters in that outing, retiring the first 11 in a row with six on strikes, including the first three, before leadoff error in eighth which was wiped out by a caught stealing ... Career-high eight strikeouts over three shutout, one-hit innings with no walks in lone stint at NCAA West Regional vs. California Baptist (5/18) ... Surrendered just four runs, three of them earned, on 17 hits on season, and never more than one run and two hits ... Did not surrender a single run in 18 of 22 outings, including last six which spanned 14.0 innings, with 11.2 in four postseason games ... No walks in 14 of 22 appearances, with 17 strikeouts against no bases on balls during three NCAA tournament contests, when he gave up just a solitary single over 8.2 shutout innings.
AS A REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE IN 2017
CCAA All-Academic ... CCAA Spring All-Academic ... Made 11 appearances, all in relief ... Struck out eight over 8.1 innings ... Opposing batters hit .200 ... Gave up just four hits and two runs over first 10 outings ... Tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts each during doubleheaders at SF State (3/17) and vs. Cal State LA (4/29).
AS A REDSHIRT FRESHMAN IN 2016
CCAA All-Academic ... CCAA Spring All-Academic ... Made 22 appearances, second on the team, all in relief ... Led UCSD with five saves, with four of them coming in February ... Did not allow a run in 17 of 22 outings, including first four (4.1 IP), and last six (4.2) ... Made college debut in opener vs. The Master's (2/6), working around a two-out single in the ninth after striking out his first career batter looking, to preserve a narrow 3-2 lead and notch his first save ... Final save came in series opener at No. 24 Cal Poly Pomona (3/19), striking out the side around a pair of two-out singles to cap a come-from-behind 6-3 victory ... Also fanned a season-high three, over a season-long 1.2 frames, for fourth save in doubleheader nightcap at Cal State San Bernardino (2/27).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2015
Redshirted the season.
Pitched for the Wenatchee (Wash.) AppleSox of the West Coast League (WCL) during the 2017 summer and earned All-WCL honorable mention ... Pitched locally for San Diego's South Bay System of the Western Baseball Association (WBA) during the 2015 summer ... Previously pitched for SB Cardinals during the 2013 summer, posting a 0.90 ERA and .150 opponent batting average over 30 innings.
A 2014 graduate of La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad ... Played for the Mavericks in the Avocado West League ... Helped guide LCC to CIF San Diego Section Open Division semifinals in 2013 ... U-T San Diego All-Academic Team (2012-13) ... Scholar-Athlete.
Born May 10 in La Jolla ... Parents are Kevin and Loren Kurz ... Has an older sister named Mckenna who was a diver at Cal during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons ... Human biology major at Roosevelt College ... Would like to attend medical school and ultimately become an orthopedic surgeon after earning his undergraduate degree from UCSD ... Hitting a grand slam both left-handed and right-handed and throwing three consecutive complete-game shutouts in 2013 are among memorable baseball moments ... Enjoys surfing, golfing and playing guitar ... Roots for the Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche and San Diego Padres ... Favorite athletes are St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Broncos linebacker Von Miller ... Listens to Jack Johnson and country music ... Loves carne asada.
CAREER PITCHING HIGHS (current through 2018 season)
Innings Pitched: 4.2, 5/30/18 vs. Southern New Hampshire
Hits: 3, 4/16/16 vs. SF State-2
Runs: 4, 3 times (last 5/13/17 vs. Chico State-2)
Earned Runs: 4, 2 times (last 5/13/17 vs. Chico State-2)
Walks: 4, 3/26/17 vs. Sonoma State-2
Strikeouts: 8, 5/18/18 vs. California Baptist
CAREER PITCHING STATISTICS (current through 2018 season)
2016: 1.000 (0-8-0)
2017: 1.000 (0-1-0)
2018: 1.000 (0-5-0)
TOTALS: 1.000 (0-14-0)