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Kind of a weird intuition to have. Are you sure it's based just on intuition?
While I'm not 100% on board with the attitude angle, I do wonder what the story is with Kirby. It surprised me that he was never able to get on track this season given the success the staff has had with pretty much everyone else that has come through here.
I'm a fan of conjecture, but this is going in a dangerous direction. Some kids just take longer to acclimate to being away from home and being in a pressure-filled environment. UVA academics and playing for the nationally-prevalent baseball team with the expectations Kirby had surrounding him had to be a lot of burden to bear. All we can do is wait and see how things unfold. Taking wild guesses at the psyche of an 18-year old we've never personally met is not a very healthy endeavor.
Exactly, especially with a position as intricate as a pitcher. This off-season is very important for him though. He does possess pretty filthy, downward action stuff when he has it working.
I'm completely comfortable and at peace with the concept of Kirby being a wildcard for the 2014 campaign. Might be the best pitcher on the staff, might completely disappear, or anything in between. In a perfect world, he's a pitcher we can use and count on, and I have no reason to doubt Oak and K's ability to draw that reliability out of him between now and next February.
Kirby stays very level. He does not show a ton of emotion on a strikeout that lifts his team. Virginia will give him every chance in the world to make this happen. His adviser/agent is the same rep as Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Hultzen Jarrett Parker, Robinson Cano. The program must remain committed to a player that passed on first-round money to play in college. I am confident that Kirby will have an excellent summer and be a major part of the pitching staff in 2014.
It is my opinion that the numbers that Kirby got in the first ECU game sent it all in a spiral and the home scorer at ECU should be blamed. There were some plays in a lopsided game that were not made by reserve infielders. They were errors but ruled hits.
Kirby will be one of the most important pitchers to watch in summer ball. Keep the faith on this kid.
Oh absolutely. Not losing faith in him or the staff at all. Just an observation. Kirby's stuff is unreal and I'm really hoping he can get it together and becomes the surprise of the team.
Jay do you think the pressure of being as heralded as he was may have made him press a little in the beginning of the season? If so, maybe having Connor Jones here to assume the "chosen one" role will help him get on track.
I'd say you are way off base. Kirby needs time to develop his pitches but he will be fine. As Jay says, he keeps it level, and he will be an asset going forward. GO RAPIDS
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