In 2009, the University of Mississippi had a rotation that was led by future 1st round draft pick, and top prospect, Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz would go on to be drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2010 draft, and was recently ranked as the 14th best prospect in the game by Baseball America. The second and third best starters in the 2009 Mississippi rotation were Nathan Baker and Phillip Irwin. Baker was selected by the Pirates in the 5th round that year, and Irwin was taken in the 21st round.
Irwin was easily the third best of the group in 2009. The right hander threw 87-88 MPH, and didn't really have standout stuff. He had success in State College in 2009, with a 2.12 ERA in 29.2 innings, along with a 9.7 K/9 and a 1.8 BB/9 ratio. In 2010 he moved up to West Virginia, where he continued his success, with a 3.35 ERA in 113 innings, along with an 8.8 K/9 and a 1.6 BB/9.
Irwin made a big change while with West Virginia, taking his fastball from the upper ...
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