Cole Irvin was your selection as the #27 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Irvin received 51 of the 222 votes cast (23%). J.D. Hammer finished second with 43 votes (20%), Jose Taveras finished third with 22 votes (10%), McKenzie Mills fourth (16, 7%), Jhordany Mezquita fifth (15, &%), and Victor Arano sixth(13, 6%). Seventeen others received the other 62 votes.
Cole Irvin was drafted by the Phillies in the 5th round of the 2016 Amateur Draft out of Oregon.
After throwing 105.0 innings at Oregon in 2016, Irvin reported to Williamsport and recorded a 5-1 record with a 1.97 ERA in 45.2 innings. He walked 8 (1.6 BB/9) and struck out 37 (7.3 K/9).
Irvin started in Clearwater in 2017 and posted a 4-6 record with a 2.55 ERA in 67.0 innings. He walked 14 (1.9 BB/9) and struck out 52 (7.0 K/9). He was promoted to Reading where he posted a 5-3 record with a 4.06 ERA, 24 BB (2.6 BB/9), and 66 K (7.0 K/9) in 84.1 innings.
Irvin was invited to spring training this year. He’ll have an opportunity to make the big club, but will more likely start the season in Lehigh Valley’s rotation.
Next up is your selection for the #28 prospect in the organization.
2018 Readers’ Poll, so far –
- Sixto Sanchez
- Scott Kingery
- J.P. Crawford
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Jorge Alfaro
- Adam Haseley
- Adonis Medina
- Franklyn Kilome
- Mickey Moniak
- JoJo Romero
- Roman Quinn
- Enyel De Los Santos
- Cornelius Randolph
- Tom Eshelman
- Dylan Cozens
- Ranger Suarez
- Seranthony Dominguez
- Nick Fanti
- Arquimedes Gamboa
- Darick Hall
- Luke Leftwich
- Kyle Young
- Francisco Morales
- Daniel Brito
- Spencer Howard
- Drew Anderson
- Cole Irvin
Vince Velasquez and Tom Eshelman were the latest guys to show up in Clearwater. They joined 28 others at the Complex. Players loosened up going through their stretching routines in left field on Robin Roberts Field.
After long-tossing, they split up into two groups – pitchers on Steve Carlton Field for PFPs with Coach Ray Burris, and ground balls and fly balls for position players on Roberts.
PFPs are usually boring to watch, but Coach Burris kept it interesting. ALL the pitchers took part except Mario Sanchez and Sutter McLoughlin. The group included – Velasquez, Eshelman, Morgan, Leiter, Beato, Lively, Hammer, Anderson, Thompson, Eflin, Pivetta, Ben Brown, Mills, Young, Cleavinger, McGarry, Etsell, Warren, Singer, Gowdy, and Dyer.
Quinn, Cozens, Cabral, and De La Cruz shagged fly balls in the outfield, while Florimon took ground balls at third. He was joined by Moore and Walding. Cozens came in to relieve Coach Shawn Williams at first base and Quinn joined the line of players at third.
Afterwards, the seven position players took BP – Quinn, Cozens, and Florimon off Coach Roly de Armas; and Cabral, Moore, Walding, and De La Cruz off Coach Williams.
If I’ve anticipated their workouts correctly, the pitchers will throw again tomorrow.
Of the 30 players who have arrived early, 10 are on the 40 Man Roster.