Cole Irvin

Born: January 31, 1994
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 190
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 32nd Round, 967th Overall, 2015
How Acquired: Draft
College: Oregon
Agent: N/A


Irvin would have looked good going in the top ten rounds, but fell to the 32nd round, possibly due to an inconsistent season. He struggled with a 4.10 ERA in 79 innings, along with a 44:24 K/BB ratio. Despite the sub-par year, he was rated as the 337th best prospect by Baseball America, and the 173rd best prospect by One big factor was that he was returning from Tommy John surgery this year, which hurt his command and movement. He threw 90-92 MPH before the injury, but was 87-91 this year, touching 92 at times. The Pirates could take a gamble here that Irvin just had a rough return from surgery, and that he could bounce back. They’ve also done a good job in the past of fixing mechanical problems that come up after a player has a major injury, so perhaps that could be an option here to get Irvin’s old command and movement back. He’s going to have some leverage, as he’s a red shirt sophomore. If the Pirates go over-slot on a few players in the later rounds, he seems like a good guy to go after. The Pirates drafted his teammate from Oregon, third baseman Mitchell Tolman, in the seventh round.
2015: Minor League Contract
Signing Bonus:
MiLB Debut:
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2021
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 6, 2012: Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round, 895th overall pick.
June 10, 2015:
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 32nd round, 967th overall pick.