Cole Irvin

Cole Irvin

29-Year-Old PitcherSP
Baltimore Orioles
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. 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. Read Past Outlooks
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