At times the rhetoric sounds a little over the top, especially since it’s coming from a father.
Perhaps that’s why Tommy Britt stops frequently, often in the middle of sentences, to say something like this: “I’m not saying that because he’s my son.”
So, either Britt is a pretty good salesman or South Carolina fans should start getting excited about his son Curt, who stars for his dad at Scotland County (N.C.).
The numbers tend to lend credence to latter, and even if Curt doesn’t materialize into the next USC great, this Class of 2012 prospect, who is already committed to the Gamecocks, should provide lots of interesting fan fodder before he ever steps on campus.
USC recruited Curt, who stands 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, as a two-way player. He’s a power-hitting first baseman, who dabbles at third every now and then, and a dominant power pitcher on the mound. He’s a left-handed batter but throws righty.
“He swings it from the left side, and he’s in the low 90s on the mound,” Tommy said. “He’s a good hitter, but I also think he’s a good pitcher. There again he’s my son, but take that equation out of it. If he wasn’t my son I’d be saying the same thing.”
Curt, who was offered by USC as a freshman, wants the opportunity to use his versatility at the next level. His father, who coached former USC player Parker Bangs at Scotland County, thinks he’ll be able to fulfill that plan, mainly because he’ll do whatever is necessary to make it happen.
“He’s got a lot of incentive,” Tommy said. “He’s driven. He’s not a kid that you have to tell him to do anything. He just wants to be the best, and he really wants to win. He doesn’t care about the stats and stuff as long as we win. He just hates to lose. He wants to help South Carolina win another national championship.”
He could help make that happen in a variety of ways.
At the plate Curt is a power hitter. After bashing four home runs as a sophomore, the all-state performer already has four this season, one reason why he’s been intentionally walked 11 times.
On the mound Curt throws a fastball, a changeup and a breaking ball. His fastball, which is routinely in the 90s, and changeup were staples of his arsenal for the first few years of his career, but he’s now developed a tough breaking pitch.
Curt is hitting .484 with eight doubles, a triple and 28 RBIs this season. He’s 5-2-1 on the mound in 40 innings. He has 66 strikeouts, four walks and a 1.35 ERA.
Growing up as a son of the coach, Curt was likely destined for a career with such notable accomplishments. His skills have been developing since he was small and were honed through countless hours spent on and around the diamond.
“He’s been in our dugout since sixth or seventh grade,” Tommy said. “He’s been around the game. When he was in fifth or sixth grade, he’d come out and take pregame [batting practice] with us, he’d take ground balls and workout with us when he wasn’t with his school team.
“He’s been around the game. He knows the game. He’s got really good baseball instincts. It’s been a plus for him to be around a high school team.”