The Seattle MarinersAre you calling up the right-hander George KirbySources said that he was one of the most promising pitchers in baseball.
Kirby, who was injured in his Double-A Arkansas start on Saturday, will make his major league debut when he takes to the mound for Seattle Mariners.
On Thursday, the Mariners had optioned a young right-handed starter Matt BrashTriple-A Tacoma has the plan to transition him to a bullpen roleFor the remainder of the season.
Kirby, 24, was the 20th overall selection in the 2018 MLB draft from Elon. He has a great ceiling with exceptional command and above-average stuff including his fastball that averaged 97.3 mph over 2021.
Mariners brass called him “robopitcher”, a reference to his remarkable control.
Kirby has dominated his five starts in Double-A Texas League this year, going 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA. There were 24 strikeouts in Arkansas' 24 2/3 innings. His presence could help the Mariners, which have a 3.68 team ERA and are playing 16 games in just 16 days.
He was ranked the No. 34 prospect to watchBy ESPN, entering the 2022 season.
Brash, who turns 24 next Thursday, was 1-3 with a 7.65 ERA over five starts.
Other moves Saturday saw the Mariners place catcher Tom MurphyOn the injured list, dislocated left shoulder; recalled catcher Cal RaleighTriple-A Tacoma
Murphy sustained the injury in Friday's fifth inning. He is now batting.303 and has scored nine runs in 14 games this year.
This report was contributed by ESPN's Kiley MacDaniel.