Back at the end of May, Head Coach Jason Marshall and his staff started recruiting Chance Kirby
. A pitcher/infielder for Hyde Park High School, who also plays his summer ball with the Austin Wings. The same summer ball team of 2013 UTSA
signee Logan Kinder.
Over that time, he formed a relationship with the staff and set up a visit. Kirby was on campus Tuesday and came away so impressed that he committed the very next day.
"I went down to the campus yesterday. When I first got there, giving a commitment didn't really cross my mind. As the visit went on, I really liked the school and it started creeping into my mind," said Kirby.
He really liked the campus itself, the location with UTSA only being an hour away from home and the final nail was the academic setup. The time and effort that everyone puts in to make sure that the student athletes take care of business in the classroom so they can do the same on the field.
Kirby stands 6'0" 170lbs and has been recruited as a 2 way player. He'll have the opportunity of pitching or playing 2nd base. As a junior on the mound he went 10-3 with a 1.60 ERA. He mowed down opposing batters in racking up 115k's.
"I'm a smaller kid, but I consider myself a power pitcher. I have a 4-seam and 2 seam fastball. A slider and a 2 seam change up. I can hit 88-92mph on the radar gun for my fastball and my out pitch is my slider," said Kirby.
When playing the infield, Kirby is known as very solid defensive player with good range. When at the plate he has good enough power to be a gap to gap hitter and shows good speed on the bases. Stealing a few bags isn't a problem for Kirby and if he doesn't fall into a full time pitchers role, he could be a top of the order guy.
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Going into his visit yesterday, this prospect wasn't really thinking about committing to the 'Runners. After an unofficial visit and the fact that he couldn't stop thinking about UTSA, he decided to call the Coaching Staff on Wednesday morning with some good news.