Cole R. Irvin was originally signed by Phillies scout Hilton Richardson…graduated from Servite (CA) High School in 2012…graduated from the University of Oregon in 2016…honored as a 2013 First-Team Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger, Baseball America and Perfect Game… underwent “Tommy John” surgery prior to his sophomore 2014 season…named First-Team AllPac-12 following his senior season in 2016…his grandfather, Roy Irvin, played basketball at the University of Southern California from 1952-54.
Had two stints with Philadelphia and was 0-1 with a 17.18 ERA in three relief appearances…opponents went 11-for-21 (.524) but he walked just one and struck out four in 3.2 innings…allowed a .438 (7-for-16) average against right-handed hitters compared to .800 (4-for-5) against lefthanders…was 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in four spring training appearances…was optioned to LehighValley March 26 but was recalled on July 23 and was on the Phillies Opening Day roster…madehis 2020 debut on July 26 against Miami and allowed four runs on five hits in an inning of relief and was the losing pitcher in an 11-6 decision…tossed a scoreless inning of relief Aug. 9 against Atlanta but was optioned to Philadelphia’s alternate site on Aug. 9…was recalled for a second time Aug. 20, pitched the next day at Atlanta (1.2 ip, 4 h, 3 r, 3 er, 1 bb, 3 so) and was optioned Aug. 22…did not pitch the remainder of the season.
Began season with Lehigh Valley (AAA) and had his contract selected by PHI on 5/12 ... Made his ML debut, 5/12 at KC, 13 years to the day after Cole Hamels made his ML debut - they are the only two "Coles" to ever play for the Phillies ... Allowed five hits and one walk in both of his first two career starts, becoming the first Phillie since the current mound distance was established in 1893 to allow five or fewer hits and one or no walks in each of his first two career games (both starts) ... Overall, had five different stints with the Phillies ... Recorded his first career save (and first pro save at any level) on 7/19 at PIT (2.0 IP) ... Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week, 8/19-25 ... Walked one or none in 14 of his 16 ML outings and 12 of 17 in the minors, averaging 1.80 BB/9.0 IP (27 BB, 135.1 IP) between the two levels ... In his final stint with PHI in September, posted a 0.73 ERA (1 ER, 12.1 IP), held opponents to a .190/.244/.214 slash line and averaged only 12.3 pitches per inning.
Spent season with Lehigh Valley...Selected as the International League Most Valuable Pitcher and an IL midseason and postseason All-Star...Selected as a Baseball America triple-A All-Star...Led the IL in ERA (2.57), WHIP (1.05) & wins (14), was 2nd in innings (161.1), 3rd in strikeouts (131) and T-4th in starts (25)...Also led all Phillies minor leaguers in innings and wins...Named IL Pitcher of the Week, 5/7-13 and 6/4-10 and Phillies Minor League Co-Pitcher of the Week, 5/7-13...Struck out 10 batters in 5.0 IP in his first start of the season, 4/9 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre...Went 7-2 with a 2.17 ERA (18 ER, 74.2 IP) from May-June...Tossed a shutout on 8/1 at Buffalo...Went 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA (6 ER, 38.1 IP) in August...Allowed 1 ER or none in 14 of his 25 starts.
Began the season with Clearwater (A)...Selected as a Florida State League midseason All-Star...Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week, 6/19-25...Promoted to Reading (AA) on 6/28 for the remainder of the season...Had a professional-high 10 strikeouts, 7/20 vs Erie (6.1 IP)...Held LHH to a .148 AVG with Reading...Posted a 3.25 ERA (29 ER, 80.1 IP) in 12 of his 13 starts with Reading; allowed 9 ER in 4.0 IP in the other start...Pitched at least 6.0 innings in 19 of his combined 24 starts.
Began his professional career with Single-A Williamsport…allowed two earned runs or fewer in all seven starts and did not allow a run in each of his three relief appearances…participated in Florida Instructional League.