KIRBY, NATHAN

Position: Pitcher

DOB: November 23, 1993

Height: 6’2″ / Weight: 200

Bats: Left / Throws: Left

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Drafted (CBA round, 2015)

Profile: Drafted by the Brewers with their competitive balance pick at the end of the first round in 2015, Kirby was a dominant arm for Virginia during their College World Series run that same season. Though he missed some time with a lat strain, Kirby returned in time to pitch for the Cavaliers, closing out the championship game and being named First-Team All-ACC for the second straight season. He initially signed an over-slot deal with Milwaukee but after medical concerns arose, the deal was re-worked and he wound up signing for $1.25 million and was assigned to Class-A Wisconsin. Kirby was limited to just 12.2 innings of work over five outings with the Timber Rattlers before being shut down with arm issues and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery which cost him all of the 2016 season. Starting on the far third base side of the rubber, Kirby throws from a 3/4 arm slot and has three pitches that are all above average, including a 90-94 mph fastball, a deceptive changeup and a wipeout slider.

2015: After signing with Milwaukee following the draft, the Brewers took a cautious approach with the left-handed Kirby but ultimately decided to send him to Class-A Wisconsin, where he made his pro debut in early August. In five appearances, two of which came as a starter, Kirby was limited to just 12.2 innings. His longest stint came in an August 14th start against the South Bend Cubs, in which he went 3.2 innings, allowing four earned runs. He would make just one more appearance after that before going under the knife in September for Tommy John surgery.

2016: With Kirby’s surgery taking place at the end of the 2015 season, and the standard 12-18 month recovery time normally associated with the procedure, he missed all of the 2016 campaign as he rehabbed the injury in Arizona.

Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#20)
2016 (#20)