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.