Name: George Kirby
School: Rye High School
Athletic accomplishment: As of Wednesday, Kirby was 4-0 with a 0.48 ERA. He had 50 strikeouts and allowed 17 hits in 29 1/3 innings. He’s the captain of the baseball team. He’s committed to play ball at Elon University next year. Kirby’s a probable 2016 MLB Draftee, having been scouted by the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox and Reds, to name a few. He participated in the Area Code Baseball Games and the Yankees Rivalry Classic. He’s been on the Rye basketball team for three years and was the captain of the team this winter.
Academic accomplishment: Kirby has an 87.55 GPA. He’s taking the College preparatory track, including regents, honors and AP Classes. He’s taking a Syracuse University Project Advance Forensics Class. He committed sophomore year to Elon University. In school, he’s a member of the Breast Cancer Awareness Club. He volunteers with the Rye Little League Baseball Clinics and Mike Ice Memorial Basketball Clinics and at a local nursing home. He participated in the Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics in December.
Getting to know George Kirby
The Journal News: Did you always want to be a pitcher?
George Kirby: Yeah, my dad always threw with me in the backyard and stuff. I liked it and started to pick it up. I realized it was something I wanted to do.
TJN: Was pitching in the pros something you always dreamed of or did it start to take shape when you got older?
GK: When I was younger, I thought about playing. When I was younger, I thought about playing basketball too because it was something I liked. When I got older, I realized baseball was my sport. It made me think that playing in the MLB rather than the NBA.
TJN: How are you feeling about all the recognition you’re getting from the MLB scouts?
GK: It feels real good to get recognized by all the people. Up until this summer, it wasn’t something I expected at all. It came up really fast. The draft is soon and it’ll be a tough decision. It’s good for the community, the coaches and my family to get that recognition.
TJN: If you had the choice, what team would you choose to be drafted by?
GK: It would be nice to be drafted by the Yankees. I’ve always liked the Yankees growing up, so that would be nice.
TJN: Why go to Elon?
GK: I got looked at as a sophomore. I really liked the coaches. I really clicked with them. They’re good with pitchers. They play a nice southern schedule. It’s a great school and I’m looking for a balance of baseball and a good education.
TJN: What do you want to study at Elon?
GK: My plan is to study either something in business/finance or stick with sports and go into sports management. Something along those lines.
TJN: Working with the kids at the Little League clinics, how great is it for you to be in the position you’re in to give back to the young kids by paying it forward as you could be on the doorstep of a potential baseball career?
GK: It’s good to give back to the kids. I was also a little kid only a couple of years ago. It’s good for them to get a couple of lessons from the older kids they look up to. It was something I enjoyed when I was their age, getting a chance to hang out with the older kids.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.