The Seattle Mariners call up the right-hander George Kirbyone of the top potential players in baseball, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Bassan on Saturday.
Sources told ESPN that Kirby, who has been scratched since his debut with Double-A Arkansas on Saturday, will make his first major league game for the Mariners against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
The Mariners on Thursday picked the right junior rookie Matt Brash to Triple-A Tacoma, with a plan to move him into the Bullpen role for the rest of the season.
The 24-year-old Kirby, who was Elon’s 20th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, has a massive cap with excellent driving and above-average stuff, including Fastball, who averaged 97.3 mph during the 2021 season.
Some brass Mariners have even called him a “robopitcher” because of his excellent grip.
Kirby has dominated in his five starts in the Double-A Texas League this season, going 2-0 with 1.82 ERA and 24 strikes in 24 2/3 innings for Arkansas. He could certainly provide support for the Mariners, who have 3.68 ERA employees and are in the midst of playing 16 games in 16 days.
Ranked as the 34th potential must-watch by ESPN as he enters the 2022 season.
Brach, who turns 24 next week, was 1-3 years old with a 7.65 ERA in five starts.
Murphy was injured in the fifth game of Friday’s game, hitting a home run 0.303 and has scored nine games in 14 games this season.
ESPN’s Kelly McDaniel contributed to this report.
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