Yep, that’s what I said in a recent episode of Baseball Things. I meant it. And it stands.

I didn’t see Kirby live before the draft. All I had was the word of area scouts and a couple of high-ranking scouts working on the draft for their club.

Every scout liked Kirby. One in particular liked him a lot.

After 21 pitches Thursday in Pasco versus the Tri City Dust Devils, I’m convinced Kirby fell into the lap of the Seattle Mariners. Or perhaps they did better scouting work than the clubs drafting just ahead of them.

You pick. I don’t care.

If you want to hear exactly how I came to this conclusion, check out the latest Baseball Things. Not yet a subscriber? Get Baseball Things for less than $1 per episode right here.

The video of Kirby from that game below is courtesy @The_JohnMillan via Twitter, who was sitting right next to me for this game.

Jason A. Churchill

Churchill founded Prospect Insider in 2006 after getting his start at He spent several years covering prep, college and pro sports for various newspapers, including The News Tribune and Seattle PI.

Jason spent 4 1/2 years at ESPN and two years at CBS Radio prior to joining HERO Sports in July, 2016.

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