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Cole Irvin

#47 | LHP
Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia Phillies
Cole Irvin
Name: Cole R. Irvin
Born: Jan 31, 1994 in Yorba Linda, Calif. USA
High School: Servite HS, Anaheim
College: Oregon
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 180 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 5th round (137th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016 (signed for $800,000)
Irvin had a first-team All-Freshman season (12-3, 2.48 in 116 innings) for Oregon and pitched briefly with the star-studded 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team that already has produced big leaguers such as Michael Conforto, Kyle Schwarber and Carlos Rodon. However, Irvin didn't hold up under his freshman workload and wound up needing Tommy John surgery, and while he's come back to pitch effectively, he's not the same pitcher. He used to sit in the 88-92 mph range and bump 93, but now he regularly sits in the upper 80s with his fastball, and while he locates the pitch, it doesn't have the same snap. Neither does his once-sharp curveball, but his changeup remains above-average. He's lost the margin for error that comes with better velocity, and he'd given up nine homers in 2016 during a disappointing season for the Ducks. He has significantly improved his strikeout rate this season (8.3 in '16, 4.8 K/9 previously) as he's learned to pitch with lesser stuff.
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