Brady Kirtner, our #13 starter in the 2021 Valley League, had not faced a college batter in a live game before he arrived in the Valley to play this summer- but he quickly showed what kind of ability and “stuff” he has.
In 24 regular season innings, the 5-foot-11 righthander from Virginia Tech went 2-0, 3.00, with a .175 BAA, 1.167 WHIP, 5.3 BB/9, and 12.8 K/9. That walk rate is a little high, but with 34 strikeouts in those 24 innings, he showed an advanced ability to miss bats. He finished tied for first, actually, in K/9, sixth in BAA, and tied for ninth in total strikeouts. He also fired a shutout inning in the All-Star game.
Actually from Christiansburg, Kirtner and his flowing locks will be back at Virginia Tech, and will undoubtably play an important role this coming spring. In fact, Aaron Fitt of d1baseball.com wrote just a few days ago that Kirtner’s “stuff is exciting, and he’s clearly on the ascent.”