George Kirby
22-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Amateur pitchers with Kirby's potentially elite command that also happen to have legitimate stuff are a rare breed. After walking six batters in 88.1 innings as a junior at Elon, Kirby issued zero walks over 23 innings in his debut. He has a prototypical 6-foot-4, 205-pound frame and a picturesque right-handed delivery. While he didn't face tough competition at the small North Carolina school, Kirby has four average or better pitches, with his low-90s fastball playing as a plus pitch due to his command and extension. Given his size, he could realistically gain fastball velocity with pro instruction. With this profile, we should expect excellent numbers, particularly in the lower levels, where his command and deep arsenal should carry the day. If a couple of his offspeed pitches become plus offerings, Kirby could develop into at least a No. 2 starter. Without any improvements, he could be a No. 4. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Mariners in June of 2019 that includes a $3.24 million signing bonus.
Likely to be on taxi squad
PSeattle Mariners
June 24, 2020
Mariners CEO John Stanton said Wednesday on 710 ESPN Seattle that Kirby will likely be on the 30-man taxi squad this year, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Mega prospects Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodriguez are expected to join Kirby on the taxi squad, and we will likely see many of the game's top prospects on their respective taxi squads given that those players are not expected to accumulate major-league service time. A first-round pick last year, Kirby shined with short-season Everett, posting a perfect 25:0 K:BB in 23 innings. As a member of the taxi squad, he will be able to work out with the team and can be added to the big-league roster as needed.
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Impressive in pro debut
PSeattle Mariners
July 14, 2019
Kirby, the Mariners' 20th overall selection in the 2019 first-year player draft, fired two scoreless innings during his professional debut in short-season Everett's win over Vancouver on Saturday, Dan Stokes of MiLB.com reports.
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Debut likely coming in mid-July
PSeattle Mariners
June 23, 2019
Kirby, the Mariners' 20th overall selection in the 2019 first-year player draft, is likely to make his professional debut for short-season Everett in mid-July, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Inks deal
PSeattle Mariners
June 14, 2019
Kirby, the 20th overall selection in the 2019 first-year player draft, signed with the Mariners for the full slot value of $3,242,900 on Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
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Nabbed by Mariners with 20th pick
PSeattle Mariners
June 3, 2019
The Mariners have selected Kirby with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2019 first-year player draft.
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