Nathan Kirby MLB Prospect Profile [Scouting Report]

Nathan Kirby

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Nathan Kirby MLB Prospect
Draft Expectation: First Round 2015
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INFO:
School: Year: Junior
Position-LHP
School-Virginia
Birthday-2/15/1994
Bats/Throws-Bats-L/Throws-L
Height/Weight-6’2″/185 lbs
Previously Drafted: Never

Nathan Kirby Scouting Report:
Kirby burst onto the scene in 2014 after working out of the Cavaliers bullpen in 2013. He started 18 games and 15 of which were quality starts. He quickly became Virginia’s #1 starter and was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Co-Pitcher of the Year in the ACC in 2014. Virginia had three guys get drafted in the first two rounds in the 2014 draft who garnered a ton of attention throughout the season (Nick Howard, Mike Papi and Derek Fisher). His 18K- complete game no-hitter vs. Pittsburgh pushed him into the national spotlight. His Virginia Cavaliers would ultimately finish second in the College World Series.

Kirby’s fastball sits between 90-94 and he has shown the ability to command it in all areas of the the strike zone. He is one of the most polished pitching products available in the 2015 mlb draft and should go within the top three picks. His secondary pitches are a 85-87 slider and and an change-up. His three pitch arsenal is arguably the best in all of college and when he is on, he is tough to beat. Scouts love his competitive nature about him and his ability challenge hitters. The summer of 2014 was a productive one for him as he spent several months improving his conditioning and overall strength. As a result, he gained 20 pounds making him sit around the 185-190 weight range.

Kirby was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 40th pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. Nathan Kirby signed on June 21 for 1.25 million. Originally he agreed to a 1.545 million dollar singing bonus but it was lowered due to an undisclosed medical reason.

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Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55

2014 Season: 18G/18GS – 2.06ERA -113.1IP – 68H – 34R/26ER – 112K – .175B/AVG – 33BB

Highlights:
2015:
Was Out-dueled by fellow MLB Draft Prospect Kyle Funkhouser & Lousiville on 4/4/15
Tossed six innings of shutout ball vs Notre Dame on 3/28 while striking out 8 batters
Struck out 11 Florida State Seminoles on 3/20 over 6IP
Spun 7.1 innings of one-run ball on 3/13 vs Virginia Tech
Suffered his first loss of the year to Pitt allowing just 1ER over 7IP with 13K on 3/7
Threw six shutout innings  with 10Ks on 2/27 vs Hartford to improve to 3-0 on the season
Struck out 9 over 5.1IP vs Marist on 2/20 (5.1Ip – 3H – 1R -2BB)
Tossed seven scoreless innings to start the 2015 campaign on 2/15 vs East Carolina (7ip – 3H – 5K 0ER)
2014:
Was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Pitcher of the Year after posting a 2.06ERA over 18 starts
Selected one of the 21 semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award
Tossed 15 of 18 quality starts during the season, 11 to begin the year. One of only four players to do it in the Nation
Finished in the top five rankings in the ACC in the following categories: opponent batting average (.175), third in wins (9), innings (113.1) and strikeouts (112) and fifth in ERA (2.06)
Started twice during the College World Series allowing one run, one hit over seven innings in victory over Ole Miss on 6/15
Spun eight innings of one-hit baseball in NCAA regional win over Arkansas on 5/31
Left with lead in starts vs. Wake Forest (5/16) and FSU (5/24) but took no decision in each
K’ed a career-high 18 in his first complete game no-hitter on 4/4 vs Pittsburgh. The first no-no in UVA history in the last 50+ years.


About Nathan Kirby:
Two of the Nations Best Face Off (Kirby vs. Funkhouser) by Cavalier Insider
Kirby Pitches UVA to a Season Opener: writes NBC 29
Former Swamp Bat makes case as first-round MLB draft pick via The Keene Sentinel
Kirby K’s 18 en route to No-Hitter adds NCAA.org
UVA rides Nathan Kirby’s Arm to Blow-Out Win writes the Daily Progress
Kirby makes the midseason USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award watch list via Tigernet.com
Unexpected Early Exit from Kirby writes NewsPlex
Ace Kirby to Miss 6-8 Weeks with Lat Strain via NBC29
Questions surround UVA ace Nathan Kirby courtesy of Augusta Free Press
Even with Kirby in limbo, U.Va. confident in pitching writes Richmond Times-Dispatch
Questions about Kirby’s role in NCAA Regional grow via the Daily Progress
Draft Signing Deadline Coming Kirby Remains Unsigned writes WVIR-TV
Virginia wins College World Series title with 4-2 win over Vanderbilt adds AL.com
Kirby Signs for Less than Recommended Slot writes Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal-Sentinal
Timber Rattlers’ Nathan Kirby eased back to mound via PostCrecent.com