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Michael Kirkman

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Michael Kirkman
Name: Michael Scott Kirkman
Born: Sep 18, 1986 in Lake City, Fla. USA
High School: Columbia HS, Lake City, Fla.
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
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Drafted in the 5th round (159th overall) by the Texas Rangers in 2005 (signed for $163,000)
In a spring of players either stagnating or going backward in Florida, Kirkman was a breath of fresh air for scouts, getting better and getter with each outing. A lanky, projectable lefthander, Kirkman shot up draft boards and passed several pitchers to be considered the third-best hurler in Florida's prep ranks, after Chris Volstad and Tyler Herron of Palm Beach County. Kirkman has arm strength and arm speed, helping him generate a fastball that sits in the 88-92 mph range and an average slider. Both pitches have natural run and sink, and he competes well--all traits scouts consider hard to teach. He's also gotten bigger and stronger while staying coordinated, helping him increase the velocity on his fastball from the low 80s as a sophomore to his present velocity, and scouts believe he has more to come. Kirkman was at the East Coast Showcase last summer and also was invited to pitch for an all-star travel team put together by scouts that played in Australia last winter, so he's not coming out of nowhere. His junior-college commitment doesn't mean he'll be a cheap sign. In a lean year in Florida, though, he was seen repeatedly and figures to be drafted in the first three rounds.
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