Pirates Re-Sign Nathan Kirby

According to JJ Cooper from Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed left-handed pitcher Nathan Kirby to a minor league contract. Kirby was on the minor league free agent list, which was released yesterday.

The 27-year-old (turns 28 later this month) Kirby was acquired by the Pirates on July 4, 2021 from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Kevin Kramer. Kirby had a 1.93 ERA in 17 games prior to the deal, and a 6.52 ERA in 17 games after the deal, pitching at Double-A for both teams. He had 56 strikeouts and a .217 BAA in 36 innings, but he also walked 28 batters in his limited time. He nearly doubled his strikeout rate after joining the Pirates.