Phillies who likely played their last game with Philadelphia
Cole Irvin, Pitcher
Cole Irvin was initially a player I felt was in a good position to crack the main roster this spring, but it’s quite possible we never see him pitch for the Phillies ever again.
Selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, Irvin entered the Phillies farm system as a bit of a project pitcher. Not possessing a lot of raw power or any sort of electric “stuff”, Irvin relied heavily on his control. Operating around the 80-88mph range as he peppered the corners of the plate with offspeed pitches.
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Unfortunately for Irvin, this style of pitching really failed to translate to the big leagues. Making his MLB debut last season, Irvin posted a 5.83 ERA across 41.2 innings. He was utilized in both a starting and a relief role, finding little to no success in both.
Spring Training this year was going to be huge for Irvin. The Phillies added just one starter to the rotation, and made zero moves for a marquee bullpen arm. Irvin was going to get his fair shot at winning a spot somewhere. Throw in the fact that he’s a lefty, some may say he even had an advantage this past spring.
Unfortunately, Irvin was allotted just seven innings of work during the spring session. Despite winning two games coming out of the pen, Irvin allowed a total of four earned runs. On March 26, Irvin was optioned back down to AAA along with a handful of others.
At 26 years old, it’s unlikely Irvin is going to turn the corner anytime soon. Although Spring Training was cut short, it seems like Girardi and his staff got enough of a look at Irvin to deem he wasn’t major league quality. Irvin could realistically be on the move as soon as this year, either in a trade or an outright release.