Cole Irvin

Cole Irvin

28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Irvin produced an ERA below 4.00 for the first time last year, but that's mostly thanks to the fact that league-wide scoring dropped. By park-adjusted ERA-, he actually got slightly worse, going from 103 in that category in 2021 to 108 in 2022 despite improving his actual ERA by 26 points. A pitcher who can produce a below-average but passable performance across 30 starts certainly has value, both in MLB and in deeper fantasy leagues, but nothing in Irvin's record suggests he's on the verge of becoming anything more than that. He has excellent control, as his 4.9 BB% was even better than his career mark of 5.4%, but he doesn't have much more than that. The lefty's fastball averaged a mere 90.9 mph, and his 17.3 K% was poor as usual. His main appeal is the fact that he pitches for Oakland, which means both that he should have a very safe spot in the rotation and that he'll get to make half of his starts at one of the league's most pitcher-friendly parks. Read Past Outlooks
$Traded to the Athletics in January of 2021.
Shines in last start
POakland Athletics
October 4, 2022
Irvin allowed four hits and hit two batters while striking out five and walking none over six scoreless innings in a no-decision versus the Angels on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Irvin had a good start in his last outing of the year, but he received no support from his teammates while he was in the game. He had failed to escape the fifth inning in his previous two starts. Irvin concludes 2022 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 128:36 K:BB across 181 innings over 30 starts. The southpaw could enter 2023 as the Athletics' top starter if he remains with the team through the offseason.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
87
Last 10 Games
87
Last 5 Games
82
How many pitches does Cole Irvin generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Cole Irvin generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-45%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .271 356 56 20 89 15 0 10
Since 2020vs Right .266 1175 201 59 291 54 5 39
2022vs Left .229 156 20 8 33 3 0 5
2022vs Right .257 585 108 28 141 30 3 20
2021vs Left .289 194 35 11 52 11 0 5
2021vs Right .270 574 90 31 143 24 1 18
2020vs Left .800 6 1 1 4 1 0 0
2020vs Right .438 16 3 0 7 0 1 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-28%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-15%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-10%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 3.59 1.16 195.1 9 13 0 6.3 1.9 0.7
Since 2020Away 4.99 1.38 167.2 10 16 0 6.5 2.0 1.8
2022Home 3.07 1.02 105.2 5 5 0 6.6 1.9 0.5
2022Away 5.26 1.35 75.1 4 8 0 6.0 1.7 2.3
2021Home 3.90 1.28 87.2 4 7 0 5.9 2.0 1.0
2021Away 4.57 1.38 90.2 6 8 0 6.8 2.3 1.3
2020Home 18.00 3.50 2.0 0 1 0 4.5 0.0 0.0
2020Away 16.20 3.00 1.2 0 0 0 16.2 5.4 5.4
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Stat Review
How does Cole Irvin compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.56
 
K/9
6.4
 
BB/9
1.8
 
HR/9
1.2
 
Fastball
90.6 mph
 
ERA
3.98
 
WHIP
1.16
 
BABIP
.280
 
GB/FB
1.04
 
Left On Base
70.3%
 
Exit Velocity
82.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.1%
 
Spin Rate
1902 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.7%
 
Swinging Strike
9.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2022
2020
Irvin wasn't expected to take on much more than a swingman role after the A's acquired him from the Phillies last January, but the southpaw's strong performance in spring training earned him a spot in the starting rotation to begin the season. With modest off-speed offerings to go along with a four seamer and sinker that both sat in the low 90s, Irvin struck batters out at an uninspiring 16.3% clip. His other peripherals weren't much better either, as he posted a 24.4 LD%, 37.9 FB% and 10.4 HR/FB%. Despite those numbers working against him, an excellent 5.5 BB% helped him post a 4.24 ERA and 4.30 FIP across a career-high 178.1 innings. Irving's inability to overpower hitters suggests that he likely performed close to his ceiling in 2021. That being said, even if takes a step back next season, the lefty still profiles as a passable fourth or fifth starter in most big-league rotations.
With a number of the Phillies' primary rotation options underperforming, Irvin got his chance to prove that his 2.57 ERA for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2018 would translate to the big leagues despite mediocre stuff. In 41.2 innings, the stuff concerns won out, as the lefty stumbled to a 5.83 ERA. He couldn't strike out enough batters (17.1%) or keep the ball on the ground (34.4% groundball rate). His 7.2% walk rate was good, but not at the elite level necessary to make up for those deficiencies. With a fastball that averaged less than 90 mph and no above-average secondary weapons, it's hard to see Irvin making a particularly strong push for the fifth starter spot this season, as good control can only get a pitcher so far on its own. Lefties managed a .935 OPS off of him, so if he does move to the bullpen, it may only be in a mop-up role. There's not much here barring a sudden repertoire change.
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Roughed up again Thursday
POakland Athletics
September 29, 2022
Irvin (9-13) took the loss in Thursday's matchup against the Angels. He completed four innings and allowed three runs on nine hits and one walk with six strikeouts.
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Pummeled by Mets
POakland Athletics
September 23, 2022
Irvin (9-12) took the loss during Friday's 9-2 defeat at the hands of the Mets, allowing eight runs on 11 hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
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Snags ninth win Saturday
POakland Athletics
September 18, 2022
Irvin (9-11) earned the victory against the Astros on Saturday, allowing four earned runs on seven hits over seven innings while recording a strikeout.
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Earns win with quality start
POakland Athletics
September 12, 2022
Irvin (8-11) gave up two earned runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five over seven innings to earn the win in a 10-3 victory over the White Sox on Sunday.
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Walloped by Atlanta
POakland Athletics
September 7, 2022
Irvin tossed 4.2 innings, surrendering nine runs on nine hits and four walks while striking out four in Tuesday's loss to Atlanta.
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