Nathan Kirby
24-Year-Old PitcherRP
Milwaukee Brewers A+
2018 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Nathan Kirby in 2018. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Pitching without restriction
PMilwaukee Brewers  A+
February 21, 2018
Kirby is pitching without restriction this spring, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Elbow issues have prevented Kirby from appearing in an official game since August of 2015, but it appears that run will come to an end when the minor-league season kicks off in April. Kirby has some pedigree, having been a competitive-balance round pick in 2015, but he will have to re-establish himself as a prospect following his layoff.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Kirby did not appear professionally in 2016 as he continued to rehabilitate from Tommy John surgery. Struggles towards the end of his college career -- potentially related to the injury -- lowered his stock and allowed the Brewers to snap him up in the first supplemental round of the 2015 draft. Kirby already features three strong pitches in his arsenal, including a changeup and a slider. At his best, Kirby is vicious -- in 2014 with the University of Virginia, he threw an 18-strikeout no-hitter against Pittsburgh. We'll have to wait and see if Kirby can rediscover that form post-injury, but many pitchers have recovered from minor league Tommy John surgery to go on to successful major league careers, and Kirby has the repertoire to be among their ranks.
Kirby was one of the top college pitching prospects in 2014, but medical issues resulted in him sliding to Milwaukee with the 40th pick in the 2015 draft. He pitched 12.2 innings in August for Low-A Wisconsin, but ended up needing Tommy John surgery in September, essentially ruling him out for all of 2016. For this reason, there is no need to target him in all but the deepest dynasty leagues, but this is not a player to forget about. Kirby has a plus fastball and plus slider when healthy, and if his changeup progresses he could become a No. 3 starter. If the elbow surgery proves to be a major developmental setback, and his command does not come all the way back, he has the stuff to make it as a late-inning reliever. Kirby should be on a strict innings limit in the lower levels when he returns in 2017, so while he is 22 years old, he may not reach the majors until around 2019 or 2020.
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Pitching in game situations
PMilwaukee Brewers  A+
October 4, 2017
Kirby (elbow) has resumed pitching in instructional league games, according to Josh Norris of Baseball America.
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Will require another elbow procedure
PMilwaukee Brewers  A+
Elbow
May 9, 2017
Kirby will undergo ulnar nerve transposition surgery Tuesday and is expected to be sidelined for eight-to-12 weeks, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Held back in spring training
PMilwaukee Brewers  A+
April 4, 2017
Kirby (elbow) will be held back in extended spring training before being assigned to an affiliate, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
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Returns to game action
PMilwaukee Brewers  A+
March 6, 2017
Kirby (elbow) pitched in a game Monday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
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Progressing well from TJ surgery
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Elbow
February 20, 2017
Kirby (elbow) continues to recover from his September 2015 Tommy John surgery, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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