Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of an amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we’re providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here’s a look prep pitcher, Cole Irvin. (FREE PREVIEW)
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Name: Cole Irvin
School: Servite H.S. (Calif.)
Events Scouted: PG National Showcase
The word projectable is almost an understatement when it comes to Irvin. He has extra long limbs and has all the room in the world to add strength in the coming years. He's also very agile and figures to get even more athletic as he gets stronger. He has an ideal pitcher's frame.
To go with his projection, Irvin also works from a very smooth, free and easy delivery. He stays on top, using his height nicely, and has an easy arm action. He has a high leg kick, but manages to stay balanced over the rubber quite consistently.
It's all about projection with Irvin, but he's already flashing present average velocity. He sits at 87-90 mph, touching 91 now and then. He stays down in the zone pretty well and shows some occasional two-seam run. His good extension makes his velocity play up somewhat as well. Given his thin frame, it's almost a certainty that Irvin has more velocity on the way. And, his fastball command already stands out.
The feel for the curveball is already very present with Irvin. The action on the pitch could be tightened up a little and this should eventually grade out as an average offering. He works at 74-76 mph and spots it like a far more advanced pitcher.
Irvin's changeup is clearly his best offering. He shows big differential at 78-80 mph, but it's the action on the pitch that's so impressive. It shows big armside, dead fish fade and will grade out as a plus offering at the professional level.
Cole Irvin is a pitcher a scout can dream on. He already has impressive pitchability and aptitude, and his projection is very exciting. He has a secondary pitch that projects plus and he should eventually be able to sit around 90-91 with his fastball at the very least. That's a very enticing overall package for a team in the top couple rounds.