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‘Aura of excellence’: Despite limited innings, Mariners first-rounder George Kirby impresses in first pro season

Two months ago, George Kirby picked up his life and moved across the country to Everett.

The Mariners’ 2019 first-round pick, a native of Rye, New York, who played three seasons for Elon University in North Carolina, wasn’t familiar with Washington or the West Coast and had barely heard of the AquaSox when he was drafted. But when the call came, he knew he’d have to give up his Yankee fandom and life on the Atlantic Coast for that of the Pacific Northwest.

“I’m used to being in Manhattan around the city,” Kirby said.