The Seattle Mariners invite George Kirby’s Best Prospectus; the right will start Sunday against Rays

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The Seattle Mariners are inviting top potential player George Kirby to start on Sunday against Rice, manager Scott Servais announced on Saturday. Chris Flexen, Sunday starter, returns on Monday. Kirby, a right-hander, effectively replaces Matt Brash, who was sent to Triple-A earlier this week, in Seattle’s rotation.

Kirby, 24, is the former overall 20th pick from Elon University. This season he was dominant in five starts at the Double-A level, with 1.82 ERAs and 32 strikeouts against five moves in 24 2/3 innings. In parts of three lower-league seasons, Kirby has an ERA of 2.34 with an equally impressive K / BB ratio of 6.40. He worked almost exclusively as a starter.

Entering the 2022 season, our own RJ Anderson ranked Kirby 24th overall in baseball. Here is what he wrote then:

Kirby split into High- and Double-A last season, giving a 2.53 ERA ratio and a 5.33 draw and walk ratio. He is more than a statistical marvel; he increased his speed without sacrificing control (he walked less than two hitters in nine shifts as a pro) or the sheer width of his arsenal. His combination of things and sophistication should allow him to become the first of several upcoming weapons to debut for the Mariners.

The sailors have positioned themselves as competitors this season. However, after a strong start to 2022, they come to Saturday’s list after losing five consecutive and nine of the last 10. Currently, the SportsLine Projection System gives the Ms only a 15.9 percent chance of coming to a new expanded 2022 playoff field.

After arriving in Seattle, Kirby will join a rotation that ranks 17th in MLB in the ERA beginners and 23rd in the K / BB ratio for beginners.

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