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Christopher Crawford outlines why Seattle Mariners rookie SP George Kirby could be a superb dynasty player as well as a relevant pickup for the rest of the season.
George Kirby made his MLB debut on Sunday after receiving a tremendous amount of hype as one of the better pitching prospects in baseball. To say that he exceeded expectations is the understatement of understatements of understatements. Facing a talented Tampa Bay lineup, Kirby didn't allow a run over six innings, struck out seven without a walk, and registered a 36% CSW. That's called strikes plus whiffs, for those of you who are not familiar.
A first round pick out of Elon for the Mariners back in 2019, Kirby is a 24-year-old who has seen a major uptick in velocity and now can get his heater into the 99 mile per hour range. He also has a quality slider and serviceable change, but what makes Kirby so interesting is his ability to locate that stuff from a delivery that still offers deception. There are going to be some bumps in the road for any young pitcher, and Kirby is not an exception. But the ability to command well above average stuff makes him not just a superb dynasty player, but one who has a chance to be fantasy relevant for the rest of the 2022 season as well.