The Cubs have quietly stashed a lot of arms at the Class A level and below. As good as the farm system is now, it could get a whole lot better in the next couple of years. One of the more intriguing arms is Class A Peoria lefty Austin Kirk.
Kirk has had a dominant season at Peoria, even if his record doesn't show it. Tonight he didn't give the Clinton Lumberkings a chance, pitching a complete game no-hitter with 2 walks and 10 strikeouts.
Overall this year, Kirk is 5-5, with a 2.60 ERA. More impressively, he's given up just 63 hits in 93 innings. He's also had 82 strikeouts against just 22 walks.
So what kind of stuff does Kirk have? Although he has reached as high as 95 mph, he generally throws between 88-92 mph. His best pitch is his curveball. Physically, he's pretty mature so he doesn't figure to throw a lot harder. Overall his stuff rates as slightly above average, but he has a good feel for pitching and great makeup, so he has a chance to be a solid major league starter when you look at the overall picture.
Right now he's overwhelming Midwest League hitters. It'll be interesting to see how he does as he moves up the ladder.
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