May 4, 2017 - New Riegel Pitcher Michael Kirian

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NEW RIEGEL, Ohio (WTVG) - Gray is the color of choice over the baseball diamond here this week.

The cold and wind doesn't make the atmosphere any more comfortable outside.

But it doesn't keep fans - and even an umpire on his day off - from watching Michael Kirian on the mound. Kirian gave his verbal commitment to Louisville during his sophomore year.

Now, during his starts on the hill the senior suddenly has the attention of pro baseball scouts. Last year, Kirian tore the ACL and meniscus in his left knee which kept him out of the team's rotation.

"Back in February, I went to a showcase and that's where it all started to heat up," Kirian said. "It's pretty surreal. It's a blessing. I just try to stay focused.

"The guys and I have some goals out here that we want to accomplish. In order to to that, we have to stay focused. That's the main thing. I just want to go out and do my best for those guys and so part of that is putting some of this stuff to the side."

New Riegel has a new catcher starting behind the plate this season with Dylan Smith. The first year starter replaces a three year starter.

"There's really no telling how special it is, but I'm just glad to be given an opportunity," Smith said.

Kirian works with a fastball, curveball and change-up. The fastball clicks past 90-miles per hour on the radar gun.

When we saw Kirian pitch this week, the weather kept that fastball in the upper eighties.

"With all the hype and everything that's going on around here, you could walk in here and come to on of our practices and if you didn't know it was Michael Kirian, he would fit right in with everybody else," New Riegel head coach Gregg Hughes said. "That's kind of the guy he is. It's almost like having another coach on your team actually."

If a big league team calls Kirian's name early in the Major League Baseball Draft next month, what does he do about that commitment to Louisville?

"Whatever happens happens," Kirian said. "That's their decision. I can't make anyone pick me so when it comes down to it I try not to worry about it too much. I have a great opportunity waiting for me at the University of Louisville. So with that, I don't put a whole of of emphasis on it."