Comments on: The Transformation of Phil Irwin From a 21st Round Pick to a Legit Prospect http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/the-transformation-of-phil-irwin-from-a-21st-round-pick-to-a-legit-prospect.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 31 May 2014 02:31:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: elgaupo http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/the-transformation-of-phil-irwin-from-a-21st-round-pick-to-a-legit-prospect.html#comment-25163 Sun, 10 Mar 2013 04:56:57 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47580#comment-25163 I’m speaking to him as a pitcher: he only has two pitches but one is plus AND he has really good control

So if they make him a spot starter and reliever ala Brad Lincoln I think he could dominate. Give you 100 quality innings instead of 150 mediocre ones.

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By: Fred Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/the-transformation-of-phil-irwin-from-a-21st-round-pick-to-a-legit-prospect.html#comment-25151 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 23:57:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47580#comment-25151 Some things I love about Irwin: 5:1 K:BB ratio, decent HR rate for a guy with such good control, and for a guy with control he has hit 36 batters in 413 ip in the minors. He knows how to pitch, is composed, and he comes after hitters. Nothing not to like with him.

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By: Fred Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/the-transformation-of-phil-irwin-from-a-21st-round-pick-to-a-legit-prospect.html#comment-25150 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 23:46:37 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47580#comment-25150 Phil Irwin was not a high pick or ever considered high upside so I don’t know why you would compare him to Lincoln. If we get the same value out of Irwin we got out of Lincoln we would be way ahead of the curve. Not sure why BA didn’t have Irwin in the top 30. I would not have had Clint Robinson and Ngoepe in my top 30 and would have put Irwin and Adalberto Santos, Eric Wood, or Max Moroff instead.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/the-transformation-of-phil-irwin-from-a-21st-round-pick-to-a-legit-prospect.html#comment-25143 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 18:30:25 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47580#comment-25143 White Angus….agree with the McFear comp.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/the-transformation-of-phil-irwin-from-a-21st-round-pick-to-a-legit-prospect.html#comment-25140 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:55:17 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47580#comment-25140 I like Irwin a lot, wish they would give him starts in ST instead of a few token relief appearances against the “B” players from other teams. Hurdle is very confusing, he plays guys that have no chance of making this team the majority of innings and the guys that need the work don’t play as many innings, the Pirates really look behind when you see the progress of other teams down here in Florida. If he keeps it up we might be in for another weak hitting April.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/the-transformation-of-phil-irwin-from-a-21st-round-pick-to-a-legit-prospect.html#comment-25134 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:15:58 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47580#comment-25134 All valid points by you guys in regards to Brad Lincoln. I think what a lot of people forgot was the fact that the stuff Lincoln would have when he came out as a reliever was the stuff he had while he was in college…as a starter. His injury came as possibly the worst stage in his development; a former college pitcher on the fast track to the big leagues that had border-line control issues. It wasn’t necessarily the kind of control issues as seen in Wilson, or the new guy from Detroit, but I think he had control issues within the zone. He didn’t have enough movement on his fastball and he left it up a lot. Good luck to him in Toronto….as long as Snider produces here, lol.

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By: emjayinTN http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/the-transformation-of-phil-irwin-from-a-21st-round-pick-to-a-legit-prospect.html#comment-25133 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:53:15 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47580#comment-25133 Phil Irwin has been in the 3′s and 2′s for ERA the past few years as stated by the author. Lincoln was stuck at AAA for 3 years and never busted out of the 4+ ERA level. Angus hit the nail on the head about Brad Lincoln, who just never got back to where he was at as a big time college pitcher and consensus number one draft pick. Guys like Irwin and McPherson are not able to fall back on their draft status – they either cut it or are out of baseball playing slow pitch softball. Lincoln tried, but just never was able to come back. He needed an opportunity that was slipping by him in Pittsburgh, and Snider was in the same circumstance at Toronto. Good luck to both.

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By: whiteAngus http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/the-transformation-of-phil-irwin-from-a-21st-round-pick-to-a-legit-prospect.html#comment-25132 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 12:41:54 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47580#comment-25132 more like Kyle McPherson 2.0
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McFear wasnt considered much of a prospect either until his 4 seamer kicked up a bit. He went from being a borderline top 50 pirates prospect to a top 10 on many lists.
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Lincoln was a stud prospect who got hurt and never could find what he once was.

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By: elgaupo http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/the-transformation-of-phil-irwin-from-a-21st-round-pick-to-a-legit-prospect.html#comment-25131 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 04:13:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=47580#comment-25131 Brad Lincoln 2.0

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