Irwin had a 3.35 ERA in 113 innings in West Virginia this year.
The Pirates drafted Phillip Irwin in the 21st round of the 2009 draft out of Mississippi. Irwin signed quickly, and pitched in 29.2 innings in short season A-ball, putting up a 2.12 ERA, along with a 9.7 K/9 and a 1.8 BB/9 ratio. He made his full-season debut in West Virginia in 2010, continuing his impressive numbers with a 3.35 ERA in 113 innings, with an 8.8 K/9 and a 1.6 BB/9 ratio. He was moved to Bradenton for the post-season, where he made one appearance. He should start in Bradenton in 2011, and could move up to Altoona if he continues the success he saw in 2010.
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.