Irvin was the surprise player of the game in my looks, throwing a solid inning of relief for the North Division and giving up a single hit. The 2016 fifth-round pick of the Phillies out of Oregon, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound lefty has a strong, durable frame and a semi-power arm with a loose, live, and quick arm action. Coming from a 3/4’s slot with a shallow wrap and some arm stab in the back, his fastball sat 93-to-95 mph, and it was a pitch that he could locate to both sides of the plate with run and tailing action and plus movement and command. His slider is presently average, but projectable, showing tilt and depth in this outing but used sparingly. His changeup is a plus offering with late fading action though he’ll need to develop some consistent velo separation with the pitch as it was sitting 86-to-88 mph, and looked to be overthrown.
He’s thrown just 112 innings as a pro so far, and it was a short look, but he’s being developed as a starter and his double-plus control numbers (1.8 BB/9 2016 at Short-Season A Williamsport, and 1.9 BB/9 through 67 innings this year) and his ability to keep the ball on the ground (1.54 GO:AO ratio this year) tell me he’ll keep developing as such, giving him the ingredients for a floor of a number four starter.