Cole Irvin

Cole Irvin

30-Year-Old PitcherSP
Baltimore Orioles
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Irvin was traded from the A's to the Orioles in January of 2023, but he was demoted to Triple-A after he gave up 15 runs in three turns through the rotation for Baltimore. The 30-year-old rejoined the big club in mid-June and remained there until mid-September, and he pitched much better during that stretch with a 3.32 ERA and 54:13 K:BB in 19 appearances (nine starts). Irvin put up solid numbers for a back-end starter for Oakland in 2021 and 2022, and he had similar output last season despite the ugly start, albeit in a much smaller sample size. The soft-tossing lefty has a limited ceiling but could provide some volume value in 2024 if he's able to earn a spot in the Opening Day rotation, which isn't guaranteed. Read Past Outlooks
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#585
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$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Orioles in January of 2024.
Shot at rotation spot
PBaltimore Orioles
February 15, 2024
Irvin could be needed in the Orioles' rotation following injuries to Kyle Bradish (elbow) and John Means (elbow), Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
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It's also possible the O's could seek help from outside the organization, but as things currently stand it seems likely that they'll need Irvin to make some starts. The left-hander had an uneven first season in Baltimore, finishing with a 4.42 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 68:21 K:BB over 77.1 frames.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
53
Last 10 Games
45
Last 5 Games
39
How many pitches does Cole Irvin generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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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 2021
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-5%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .263 419 64 25 101 15 0 11
Since 2021vs Right .261 1426 257 74 346 68 5 48
2023vs Left .267 69 9 6 16 1 0 1
2023vs Right .253 267 59 15 62 14 1 10
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-21%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-25%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-42%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-15%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 3.71 1.19 232.2 10 13 0 6.5 2.1 0.7
Since 2021Away 4.68 1.32 204.0 10 19 0 6.8 1.9 1.8
2023Home 5.03 1.42 39.1 1 1 0 7.6 3.2 0.7
2023Away 3.79 1.13 38.0 0 3 0 8.3 1.7 1.9
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
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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
3.24
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
1.3
 
Fastball
92.1 mph
 
ERA
4.42
 
WHIP
1.28
 
BABIP
.309
 
GB/FB
1.24
 
Left On Base
68.2%
 
Exit Velocity
82.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.9%
 
Spin Rate
1941 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.8%
 
Swinging Strike
10.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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. Much of his appeal came from the fact that he was with Oakland, which meant a safe rotation spot and half of his starts at one of the league's most pitcher-friendly parks, but he was traded to Baltimore during the offseason. Camden Yards became more pitcher friendly last season with the fence in left field being pushed back, but it's still a clear downgrade from the Coliseum. His rotation spot, however, should be similarly secure with the Orioles.
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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Avoids arbitration with Orioles
PBaltimore Orioles
January 11, 2024
Irvin signed a one-year deal with the Orioles on Thursday to avoid arbitration.
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Back in majors
PBaltimore Orioles
October 1, 2023
Irvin was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PBaltimore Orioles
September 13, 2023
Irvin was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday.
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Relegated to bullpen
PBaltimore Orioles
September 6, 2023
Irvin will serve as a multi-inning reliever out of Baltimore's bullpen going forward, Andy Kostka of TheBaltimoreBanner.com reports.
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Takes fourth loss
PBaltimore Orioles
September 1, 2023
Irvin (1-4) allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four over 5.2 innings Friday, taking the loss versus the Diamondbacks.
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