Thursday, November 27, 2014

Scouting the 2015 Draft: Nathan Kirby

Nathan Kirby is a LHP who goes 6'2", 190 lbs and pitches for college baseball powerhouse Virginia.  He had a tremendous sophomore season with a pitching line of 9-3, 2.06, 113.1 IP, 33 BB, 112 K.  Included in that line was a no-hitter against Pitt with 18 K's and just 1 BB.  He has also performed well in summer league competition.  He's a relatively rare power lefty with a FB that goes 90-94 with some tailing action and command to both sides of the plate.  He compliments that with a plus curveball and a a changeup that is rapidly becoming a plus pitch.  On video he has a smooth but powerful delivery with a 3/4 release point.  BA has him ranked as the #8 2015 draft prospect while Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs has him at #21.  He seems like a solid bet to be a future #3 starter in MLB.

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