Cole Irvin, LHP, Lehigh Valley
Cole Irvin was one of the best pitchers in the International League in 2018. After having a 3.39 ERA in 2017, he came back this year and went 14-4 with a 2.57 ERA in 26 games, all but one being a start.
Irvin’s lone relief appearance came on Aug. 17 and it was a lengthy one. That day, he pitched 7.1 innings out of the bullpen, giving up no runs on two hits and earned the win.
The University of Oregon product was the model of consistency this year. He pitched six innings or more in 20 of his 26 outings and gave up three earned runs or less in 20 of his appearances.
On May 30 against Charlotte, Irvin picked up a win after pitching 8.2 shutout innings, giving up four hits, walking one and striking out six. He threw 117 pitches in what ended up being his longest outing of the year in terms of both innings and pitches thrown.
If Irvin gets the call to the Phillies next year, he could be a welcome addition to a starting rotation that lacks a left-handed pitcher.