Then and Now: Cole Irvin, LHP, University of Oregon
This is a new feature that Don and I are going to try out as I get looks at some of the players that Don has seen in the past. These pieces will feature original reports that Don had from looks from the past, and some notes and video on the kids as I see them now. Hopefully we will have some overlap on some hi profile guys as they move on from high school to college to professional ball.
(this is from Don’s notes from Cole Irvin’s junior year in high school)
Cole Irvin LHP (Servite HS, California)
6’4″ 175 pounds left handed pitcher, overall slim with a highly projectable body. Long arc motion that tends to reach back a bit and some aspects in the delivery that might place additional pressure on the elbow. He shows a bit of whip action with the arm as he transitions toward the plate. Real strong downhill drive with hip rotation that generates a massive amount of torque and separation. Displays solid command and mixes his pitches well at this stage to keep batters off balanced. Fastball was sitting 89-91 mph, solid curve ball that should show plus ability in the future, and a projectable change up. All of his pitches come from a nice 3/4 delivery and show solid drop with fastball and change up.
-Current fastball was more 87-89, touching 90/91 (once)
-Primarily fastball/change to RHB’s, fastball/curve to LHB, used the curve against RHB’s later in the outing.
-Curve ball has good shape, would have liked to see him use it more.
-Confident in the change.
-Body still lends to projection, can see putting on another 10+ pounds of good weight.
-Moves fastball all around the zone, adds and subtracts