A’s trade LHP Irvin and RHP Virbitsky to Baltimore for INF Hernaiz

January 26th, 2023

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland A’s traded left-handed pitcher Cole Irvin and minor league right-handed pitcher Kyle Virbitsky to the Baltimore Orioles for minor league infielder Darell Hernaiz, the club announced today.

Irvin went 9-13 with a 3.98 ERA and .709 opponents OPS in 30 starts in his second season with the A’s last year after going 10-15 with a 4.24 ERA and .746 OPS in 32 starts in 2021.  He led the A’s in wins, losses, starts, innings pitched (181.0) and strikeouts (128) in 2022 and had career highs in innings pitched, strikeouts and home runs allowed (25).  The 29-year-old left-hander had career lows in ERA, opponents batting average (.251), on-base percentage (.293), slugging percentage (.416) and OPS.  Irvin ranked second in the AL in fewest pitches per inning (14.4), third in fewest strikeouts per nine innings (6.36) and sixth in fewest walks per nine innings (1.79).  He is 21-30 with a 4.40 ERA in 81 games, 65 starts, in his career.

Virbitsky was the A’s 17th round selection in the 2021 First-Year Player Draft and combined to go 7-7 with a 4.63 ERA and .270 opponents batting average in 23 games, including 22 starts, with Single-A Stockton and High-A Lansing last year.  He struck out 140 batters in 126.1 innings and walked 30.  The 24-year-old right-hander is 8-9 with a 4.49 ERA in 30 games, 25 starts, in two seasons as a professional.

Hernaiz was the Orioles fifth round pick in the 2019 draft and is rated as Baltimore’s 16th-best prospect according to MiLB.com.  He played for Single-A Delmarva, High-A Aberdeen and Double-A Bowie last year and batted a combined .273 with 12 home runs, 62 RBI, 32 stolen bases and a .779 OPS in 105 games.  The 21-year-old right-handed hitter started 58 games at shortstop, 22 at second base, 19 at third base and two at designated hitter.  Hernaiz is a .274 career hitter with 20 home runs, 122 RBI, 59 stolen bases and a .737 OPS in 228 games in three seasons in the Orioles farm system.