7-9-14 - B/R - 5. Houston Astros Select Virginia LHP Nathan Kirby - This is an instance where you want to bet on the upside left in a college starter. Nathan Kirby is the Friday starter (No. 1) for a loaded Virginia team and dominated to the tune of 102 strikeouts, 58 hits allowed and a 1.36 ERA in 99.1 innings this year. What makes Kirby all the more intriguing for the 2015 draft is that he's a 6'2", 185-pound left-hander with a fastball that plays better than its average velocity thanks to arm-side run due to a three-quarters arm angle. He also flashes an above-average curveball and solid changeup. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2085268-mlb-mock-draft-2015-brs-official-early-predictions-for-next-years-top-10/page/2
6-6-14 - There have been two versions of Nathan Kirby in the past two seasons — the one who labored through his freshman year, and the one who has embarrassed opposing hitters all season as a sophomore.
6-3-14 - Mack: We're now talking about the probable first left handed pitcher that will be drafted and possibly the first player overall in the entire draft. Virginia's 6-3, 190 pound Nathan Kirby comes with all the accolades one is given when you are known as a 'power pitcher'.
His college career actually got off to a slow start (6.06-ERA as a freshman) but he quickly followed that in the NECBL with an 81-K/54-IP, 2.32 summer season.
He features a 91-94 fastball that is well know for its late movement. His curve ball sets up the heat. He's well known for his command which was especially demonstrated on April 8th when he struck out 18 Pitt Panthers (one shy of the NCAA record), on the way to a no-hitter.