- Full name Garrett Jacob Irvin
- Born 02/18/1999 in Corona, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 185 / Bats: L / Throws: L
- School Arizona
Drafted in the 40th round (1,217th overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2019.
View Draft ReportIrvin won Pacific West Conference pitcher of the year as a freshman at Division II Point Loma Nazarene and bounced back to Riverside (Calif.) JC this season in pursuit of a Division I offer. He got it with a scholarship to Arizona. Irvin sits 87-89 mph from the left side with a swing-and-miss curveball and an advanced feel to pitch. He’s slightly undersized at 6-foot, 180-pounds, but he’s succeeded against every caliber of competition, including at Norco (Calif.) HS when he was the only pitcher to strike out future Brewers first-rounder Brice Turang in Turang’s junior season. Irvin is strongly committed to Arizona and will be expensive to sign.
The crafty southpaw was at his third school in three years when heading to Arizona for his junior year. Irvin started his collegiate career at Point Loma in 2018, where he was the PacWest pitcher of the year, before heading to Riverside Community College and again was named that conference’s top pitcher. His debut Pac-12 season was off to an impressive start, with four strong outings before the Wildcats’ season was shut down. There’s nothing flashy about Irvin, who is just a bit short of 6 feet tall, as he’s best defined by outstanding pitchability and the potential to dissect hitters with a consistent four-pitch mix. He commands a fastball that has plus life and sink with darting action, sitting 88-90 mph and touching 92, and mixes in his equally effective slider, curveball and changeup. Irvin is aggressive on the mound and is a threat to any base runner with a plus-plus pickoff move. It’s not a sky-high ceiling, but Irvin is a relatively safe bet to consistently overachieve throughout his baseball career.