The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers completed a trade on Sunday after completing their four-game series at PNC Park. The Pirates sent infielder Kevin Kramer to the Brewers for 27-year-old lefty pitcher Nathan Kirby.
Kirby was the 40th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Virginia. He has barely pitched since being drafted, throwing 102.1 innings during the 2015, 2018 and 2021 seasons. He missed all of 2016-17 due to Tommy John surgery and all of 2019 due to multiple injuries. This season he has pitched in relief at Double-A, posting a 1.93 ERA in 18.2 innings, with 13 walks and 19 strikeouts.
Kramer has played parts of two seasons (2018-19) in the majors, hitting .152/.222/.165 in 90 plate appearances. He was hitting .196/.318/.296 in 51 games with Indianapolis this season. Kramer was drafted 22 spots after Kirby in 2015.